G. D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2018
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Langhe|
|Brand||G. D. Vajra|
A hue of violet red. Aromas of red fruits, plums, underbrush as well as floral and spicy fragrances intrigue your senses from the very first moment. A nice correspondence on the palate where hints of almond, black pepper and Asian spices come together for a nice refreshing finish.
G.D. Vajra was founded in 1972 by Aldo Vaira and his wife Milena. For generations, the Vairas had sold their fruit to local growers but upon inheriting the estate, Aldo broke from family tradition and began producing wines under his own label. G.D. Vajra is entirely a family affair – the winery was named after Aldo's father, Giuseppe Domenico and Aldo and Milena work with their daughter Francesca and sons, Giuseppe and Isidoro.
The family owns almost 100 acres of vineyards in Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo and the wines are made from estate fruit that is triple sorted by hand. The Vaira's winemaking philosophy is simple - they are not modern, they are not traditional. They practice sustainable farming and craft sensitive, transparent wines of place by patiently allowing the fruit to dictate its own evolution.
For more than 40 years, this wonderfully humble and hard-working family has crafted soulful and honest expressions of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera, primarily, along with small quantities of Albarossa, Freisa, and Pinot Noir.
"The multiple varieties harmonize seamlessly, offering aromas of rose petal, candied cherry, and cinnamon stick, followed by flavors of raspberry preserve, rose water, and sage — all accented with notions of fennel and mineral over a savory finish. It is dry, fresh, and velvety on the palate, with crisp acidity and mild tannins. This is an easygoing and versatile wine meant to be consumed young and at table. (The wine’s character reflects its upbringing: G.D. Vajra’s Rosso is aged in stainless steel tanks, with some exposure to neutral oak, for 14-16 months.) Serve it with mild or medium-sharp cheeses, prosciutto, bruschetta, fresh or grilled vegetables, and of course, any variety of Italian fare." National Wine Review Tasting Panel (Rated 87)