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2016 G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera

Langhe, Italy

An immense Barolo of serious power and concentration, the 2016 vintage of G.D. Vajra's Ravera is a spectacular depiction of a great site in a great year.

HIGH SCORE

$180.00

About
It’s an outstanding wine.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The 'Ravera' is Giuseppe Vaira's powerhouse Cru offering. If you want a Nebbiolo for the ages, walk this way.

It's a densely packed, monumental wine with a V8 engine under the hood.

There are some wines that just need time to reveal their true nature, Ravera is one such beast. This revered vineyard is home to some of the greatest wines in Piemonte. G.D. Vajra's offering is amongst the very best of them.

This is classic Barolo in the best possible sense where power and beauty converge and walk in perfect harmony.

It's the kind of wine that will be a cornerstone of your collection for decades to come.

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

In the 1980s newlyweds Milena and Aldo were already cultivating a little area of Ravera planted to 100% Nebbiolo. This wine is the expression of a wait lasting more than 10 years, allowing the vines to mature and the wines to gain the right structure. It’s the sunniest, most silent and beautiful amphitheatre of the area. Ravera sits at an average elevation of 360 metres and is situated at the confluence of two different geological matrices. Over millions of years the layers were superimposed, creating a rather fragile soil subject to erosion, but with enormous potential. It is predominantly Sant’Agata fossil marl, interspersed with sand deposits rich in iron.

This undergoes a lengthy period of maceration, perhaps up to 45 days, including a short stint with submerged cap. Malolactic conversion takes place in steel in the spring following the harvest. It is aged for 30 months in 30hL Slavonian oak casks before bottling. – Giuseppe Vaira

Blend : Nebbiolo (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

Critic Reviews

96Points
The Wine Front

"Tight, like a tiger. The roar of Ravera is heard in the distance here, but the patient among us will get to tame and stroke the beast. It’s inwardly lit, with rippling firm acidity, red fruits like raspberry and strawberry, alongside some mint, almond and roses. Glides on rails of fine powdery tannin, orange juice and spice, finishes juicy, long and zesty, with a pinch of white pepper. Pent up. Precise. It’s an outstanding wine." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

96Points
James Suckling

"The boldest of the G.D. Vajra crus. The nose has very intense, rich and ripe darker cherries with a savory, sanguine edge. The palate has layer upon layer of rich dark berries and concentrated, quite rich tannins that carry plenty of brambly dark-cherry flavor. So keenly defined, too. Impressive weight. Try from 2024." - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

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