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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
(search item no. 110065)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vajra has as much passion and work just as hard for their Dolcetto as they do for their Nebbiolo. It's a vibrant and delicious wine that's full of dark fruit and aromas of herbs, red flowers ans spice. The wine rests in large neutral Slovenian oak cask for a short time so it can breath and reach wonderful vinous levels not seen in ordinary Dolcetto.

2009 was a great vintage for this variety, Dolcetto ripens early and needs a good sunny run through the late summer and early fall coupled with cool nights to finish the last of the phenolics and boost aromatics.

Dolcetto of this quality is a fantastic food wine, try pairing with braised meats, osso buco, salumi, hearty meat and mushroom pastas.

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About G.D. Vajra:

The winery is located at West side of Barolo Common, in Vergne locality. Inherited in 1972 by Aldo Vaira it's, today, a solid reality where the wine quality and the love for work are principal features. Here, the typical vines of Piedmont are cultivated with a great respect for the vocation of every plot of land. The history says that these lands have been formed millions of years ago, and geologically must be referred to as the Tortonian, the typical soil of Barolo and La Morra, with calcareous marl, white and blue, inserted into rocky residuals. Thanks to that, the wines are elegant, fragrant, fruity with a particular aging capacity.