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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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Vajra`s `Coste e Fossati` Dolcetto, is one of the stars of the range, and is produced with grapes from their two best Dolcetto vineyards. Soils in these vineyards are limestone and marl. The Coste di Vergne is 1.9 hectares at an altitude of 420-480m 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 430-490m with an easterly exposure. It was planted in 1981 and has a plant density of 4,400 plants per hectare.

Vintage information

A delayed cold winter, with lows of -15°C between the end of January and the beginning of February and subsequent heavy snowfall. Though contributing to good water reserves, vegetative recovery occurred later than usual. March and April were cool and wet. Rains in early June at flowering resulted in fewer berries per cluster which actually helped in the prevention of certain diseases. Summer temperatures reached their peak with highs of 38°C in the second half of August. By the middle of September the Dolcetto grapes were in very good health: excellent anthocyanins (colour), and considerable balance in aromatic compounds. A lower sugar content than usual made for an excellent 2012 vintage.


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

A brilliant deep violent in colour, the wine shows a symphony of fruits, black cherries and flowers, with notes of liquorice and menthol that radiate from the glass.  The Coste e Fossati is elegant, balanced and complex with soft tannins.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Dolcetto
Region Barolo, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.68g/l
Residual Sugar 1.2g/l
Wine pH 3.55