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2016 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe

Langhe, Italy

A blend of elevated sites across Barolo, this wine is built as a balanced, complete wine that will mature very well in the cellar.

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Charming, yet serious. It’s a really good release.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The 'Albe' is Giuseppe Vaira's tip of the cap to the great Piedmontese winemakers of the 1950s and 1960s.

During those times, the general philosophy for many of the winemakers in the region was to combine Nebbiolo from the best Cru vineyards in order to create a more 'complete' wine. Today, single vineyard bottlings have become much more in vogue, however, there's still a place for a truly great blend.

'Albe' is blended from multiple higher elevation Barolo vineyards with exposures that range from south-south-east to south-west.

It's a regal, powerful wine that has balance placed at a premium.

Looking for a Barolo for the cellar, come back to this in 10-15 years and you'll be glad you made the purchase.

About G.D. Vajra

G.D. Vajra is a small, artisanal family producer and one of the benchmark modern day producers in Barolo.

The wines are now made by the family's second generation, with Giuseppe in the winemaking driver's seat supported by his siblings; Isidoro and Francesca under the watchful eye of father and founder Aldo and their mother Milena. 

These are stunning examples of the regional staple varieties, made with one eye on tradition and one on progression. With holdings in the commune of Barolo as well as Novello, Sinio and Serralunga, they cover some of the most sought-after terroir in the region and make the most of it.

As noted wine writer Antonio Galloni once wrote, theirs is “a world of sublime hand-crafted, artisan wines of the very highest level”.

The Vaira family
The Vaira family
Barolo, Italy
Additional Info

From The Producer

Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm.

The high-elevation vineyards for Barolo Albe have an exposure ranging from south-south-east to south-west. The grapes are usually picked in the second half of the Nebbiolo harvest. Vinification is made in custom-designed vertical vats, with gentle punch down and pumpovers. Maceration lasts 25 days on average. Malolactic conversion occurs in stainless steel the following spring. Albe rests on average between 30 and 36 months in large (40, 50 and 75hL) Slavonian oak casks. The wine is usually racked once a year. Blending is decided in the spring prior to bottling. – Giuseppe Vaira

Blend : Nebbiolo (100%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

G.D. Vajra winery
G.D. Vajra winery
Barolo, Italy
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

"Red cherry, raspberry, roses, almond biscotti, mint and exotic spices. It’s medium-bodied, fresh and bright in red fruit flavour, but with a savoury tobacco and dried herb edge. Tannin is firm, with a fine chalk dust texture, and clean acidity drives it along so nicely. Finish is firm and long, with a pretty perfume as it goes. Charming, yet serious. It’s a really good release." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

94Points
The Wine Advocate

"If 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." - Monica Larner (The Wine Advocate)

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