G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
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Currently we have the 2018 vintage in stock!
“This wine is our quest for the innocence of Nebbiolo, its purest expression.” - Giuseppe Vaira
Their dream is to produce a Langhe DOC Nebbiolo of purity of aromatics, varietal truth and depth. Whenever possible, we long to pick this fruit in the early hours of each day. Maceration is long and very gentle, so to retain lift and energy to this wine.
Young estate vineyards, ranging from 7 to 25 years of age.
In 1971, Aldo Vaira was one of the earliest adopters of organic farming in Piemonte. Vineyards have been nurtured and soil preserved by grassing and cover crop for almost 50 years now. With an incredible ratio of manual work per hectare, farming at Vajra is a labor of love and “recipe-free” attention. Intense research is also placed into monitoring and improving the biodiversity of both flora and fauna not just in the vineyards, but also in the winery fields and forests.
"Piedmont is the home of the Nebbiolo grape, which famously stars in the fabled wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. For much more affordable expressions of the variety, and wines that are approachable in their youth (read: ready to drink ASAP), drinkers should look to the Langhe hills and bottles such as this from G.D. Vajra. This wine serves a fruit-forward expression of Nebbiolo, with concentrated sour cherry notes that are pleasurably disrupted by a vibrant acidity on the palate. The acidity stops the wine’s heavy fruit character from overwhelming the palate, while a rigid but approachable tannic structure holds everything together. The beauty of this wine is its youth, and for this price, you can afford to serve it on the midweek dinner table." - #5 on VinePair 2019 Top 50 list for 2017 vintage