G. D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2016
G.D. Vajra is a family owned and managed estate, living with the mantra of 'Being a team is a dream; and it's the greatest dream of a parent.' Named Albe, which means ‘sunrises’, you can see the sun rising three times every morning on the vineyards that compose this wine made of 100% Nebbiolo.
The high-elevation vineyards for Barolo Albe are usually picked in the second half of Nebbiolo harvest. Vinification is made in custom-designed vertical tini, with gentle punch down and rinsing of the cap. Maceration lasts 25 days on average. Malolactic in held in stainless steel, the following spring. Albe rests between 26 and 32 months, on average, in large Slavonian oak casks of 40, 50 and 75hectoliters. The wine is usually racked once a year. Blending is decided in the spring prior to bottling.
Albe has an amazing scent of macerated Nebbiolo pomace, cranberries and raspberries. Infused rose petals, sweet red fruits and a hint of black figs, complete its wide and elegant bouquet. So authentic and yet expressive, it beautifully celebrates the maturity of these vineyards and wine. Albe is a pure tribute to Barolo di Barolo and to the amazing craft of combining vineyards.
From the countryside to the city, from the farm to the factory – this was the movement which characterized Piedmont in the four decades which followed World War II. Vineyard holdings were often small, the wines – even those world famous today, strange as it might seem – were neither particularly well known or widely sought out, prices paid to producers were low, and future prospects were anything but rosy.
The past thirty years, instead, have seen a return – first gradual but now more rapid – to the origins on the part of many young men and women who, attracted by the pleasures of country life and inspired by the challenge of producing not only a wine they could call their own but one which could represent their aspirations and talents on the markets of Italy and the world. And even compete with the famous labels of the zones in which they intended to operate. Once such story, and an enormously successful one, is that of Aldo Vaira, whose family’s origins were in Barolo, a name which explains many things. But Vaira grew up in Turin, where he attended the city’s university. Fascinated from the beginning with the countryside, he decided that agriculture was to be his future and studied agronomy to prepare himself for his future career. Which has been one of continuous growth and inspiring success. From the original small family holdings vineyard land has expanded to the current 150 acres. And includes vineyards in many parts of the area around Alba.
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barolo|
|Brand||G. D. Vajra|
Wine EnthusiastAromas of woodland berry, new leather, camphor and pressed rose waft out of the glass. Juicy and delicious, the chewy palate doles out succulent Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry and white pepper. Polished tannins and fresh acidity give it an immediate appeal but this also offers several years of drinking pleasure. Drink through 2028. Editor's choice.
Wine AdvocateIf you were to consider the entire portfolio of wines made in the Barolo appellation, this wine always stands in its own little corner. Albe is a brand on its own, and it represents one of the most versatile, accessible and well-priced Baroli to emerge from the appellation. The G.D. Vajra 2016 Barolo Albe sets off on the right foot, offering forthcoming intensity with forest fruit, wild cherry, crushed stone and blue flowers. Winemaking is straightforward in stainless steel, and the wine finishes in Slavonian oak casks. Some 40,000 bottles are hitting the market now.
VinousVajra's Barolo Albe is bright, floral and wonderfully lifted in 2016. Sweet tobacco, cedar, blood orange, mint, licorice, dried red cherry and sage give the 2016 lovely savory brightness to match its mid-weight structure. Gracious and light on its feet, the Albe has so much to offer.