G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba 2011

 

The Vajra family has been making wine in the Barolo region for over 2 centuries, it was in 1927 that Aldo Vajra founded the G.D. Vajra winery, naming it after his father. The family estate has 4 vineyards located in Coste de Vergne, Fossati, La Volta and Bricco delle Viole, where the 65 year old vines were planted by Aldo’s grandfather. They are renowned for their elegant, high quality Barolo wines, and apply the same passion and attention to their Dolcettos. All of the vineyards are farmed organically, and in the winery Aldo [along with his son Giuseppe] tailors ageing and fermentation “based on the vintage and what the grapes that year deliver”. The 2011 Dolcetto d’Alba was fermented and aged in stainless steel then rested for a brief time in neutral Slovenian casks.

Red-violet in colour, after decanting aromas of grape jam and lavender swirled about in the glass. Plush blackberry and red currant flavours were supported by smoky earth elements in the medium body, whilst dark chocolate, dried leaves and bitter almond comprised the dry finish. If I was asked what a Dolcetta d’Alba tastes like, it would be this.  An outstanding value, this is a versatile, luscious glass that keeps you reaching for more.

 

Alba/Piedmont
Italy
Estate Bottled by G.D. Vajra, Barolo
12.5% Alcohol
$17
Enjoy now thru 2016

Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate

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