This small estate has just over 4 hectares of vineyard, all in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba. Their tiny cellar is situated in the village of Baudana, while their vineyards are primarily in the ‘crus’ of Baudana and the highly regarded Cerretta...
After 30 years running the winery, and without heirs to take over the business, Luigi and Fiorina Baudana took the difficult decision to sell. As part of his research, Luigi visited the Vajra winery incognito one day, and was so impressed with the way they dealt with people and communicated their philosophy that he rang Aldo soon afterwards to ask if he would be interested in buying the estate. A deal was soon done, and the Vajra family have run this estate alongside Luigi and Fiorina ever since. The first vintage was 2009 and from then onwards we can see the true expression of the new Luiga Baudana.
250-350 metres above sea level with south to south-west facing slopes, this single hectare vineyard borders the famous ‘Sant‘Agata‘ fossil marls and the ‘Lequio formation‘ ancient soils. The white soil is compact and calcareous with limited amounts of sand which enhances water retention.Vajra has always believed in sustainable farming and keeps the turf natural and green in the vineyard. Traditional pruning is practiced as well as using the Guyot mixed system of trellising. No irrigation is used, while green harvest is decided according to the vintage.
“‘Tensione‘ is the word to describe the 2010 vintage. This is more than just strain, tension, pressure or suspense; it is the thrill, the attitude we faced during the season," writes Aldo Vajra. The 2010 vintage saw a particularly long, hard winter in the region, which lasted through until the beginning of March, and a cool spring which ensured a late start to the growing season. Rain throughout March, May and June gave luxuriant canopies and grass. Early August was cooler than average but the last ten days of the month saw a sharp rise in temperatures that lasted throughout September.
Crushing was completed by mid-October. Maceration lasted 30-40 days in wooden vats. Starting in 2005 , Luigi Baudana implemented a more gentle ageing process which includes Slavonian oak and extensive ageing up to 36 months prior to bottling. Vajra has strived to keep improving with an even more acute selection of grapes and longer ageing.
Pure cherries and plums dominate the nose, accented with spice, graphite, eucalyptus and liquorice. Firm tannins on the palate are balanced by the lush fruit, making it an intense and powerful yet elegant wine.
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