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G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d`Alba `Coste e Fossati`

Barolo, Piemonte

G.D. Vajra

Aldo Vajra’s wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes...

These characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo. G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 and named after Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 40 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature controlled fermentation, to produce such superbly elegant wines.

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Vineyards

Vajra`s `Coste e Fossati` Dolcetto, is one of the stars of the range, and is produced with grapes from his two best Dolcetto vineyards. He proves that with good vineyard husbandry, a Dolcetto of intensity and balance can be produced without the need felt by many of his peers, to bolster the wine with Cabernet or Syrah. Soils in these vineyards are limestone and marl. The Coste di Vergne is 1.9 hectares at an altitude of 420-480 metres above sea level and has a western exposure. It was planted in 1982 and 1995 with a plant density of 4,400 vines per hectare. The Fossati vineyard is 1.6 hectares at an altitude of 430-490 metres with an easterly exposure. It was planted in 1981 and has a plant density of 4,400 plants per hectare.

Vintage information

Production in Piemonte was 10% down on 2010. Reports are of light-filled, sunny days and higher than normal temperatures interspersed by sporadic rainfall. The harvest was early for all the Piemontese varieties, starting on the 18th August with the white grapes and finishing with Nebbiolo in the first week of October.

Vinification

Fermentation and maceration lasted approximately 20 days and took place in stainless steel at temperatures of up to 31ºC using indigenous yeasts. Frequent pumping over took place to extract soft tannins and good colour. The wine spent 8-12 months in oak barrels before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Dark red in colour with hints of purple. The bouquet commences with a ripe red berry and cherry fruit character and floral notes. The palate continues with similar berry and cherry fruit flavours and displays excellent balance and a supple tannin structure. A delicate and elegant wine that finishes long.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 100% Dolcetto
Region Barolo, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.39g/l
Residual Sugar 1g/l
Wine pH 3.46