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2018 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto Coste & Fossati

Langhe, Italy

Right at the top echelon of Piedmontese Dolcettos.

$45.00

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About
Delicious and inviting Dolcetto from the Vajra family.

Antonio Galloni

About The Wine

This is one of the most seductive and impressive examples of Dolcetto in the Piedmonte region.

A collection of ancient Dolcetto clone was compiled by the patriarch, Aldo Vaira and grafted onto two of the family's most prized plots in Barolo: Coste di Vergne and Fossati.

When picked later in the season, these particular clones from this great terroir produce a much more powerful and complex version of the variety which is primed for cellaring, not just for immediate enjoyment as is the case with most Piedmontese Dolcetto.

Gary Walsh dubbed a previous iteration of this wine as "Pretty much one of the best Dolcettos I’ve tasted."

It's a truly nobel example of the variety.

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

Dolcetto d’Alba DOC Coste & Fossati is a collection of ancient Dolcetto biotypes grouped by Aldo Vaira between 1979 and 1985. Cuttings were grafted in two of the estate’s best Barolo vineyards, Coste di Vergne and Fossati. These plants with a ‘red stalk’ create a limited production of the most intense and noble Dolcetto. This is our family’s own reservoir.

Fruit for Dolcetto d’Alba DOC Coste & Fossati is picked ‘late’ by Dolcetto standards, usually in the second half of September. The hanging period is extensive, thanks to the white marl and high elevation that protect these blocks from thermic shock. Vinification lasts 15-20 days in vertical vats, custom designed for Vajra, at temperatures below 31°C. Capello sommerso was used for the first time in 2018 for extraction. Spontaneous malolactic conversion in stainless steel.

The Dolcetto d’Alba DOC Coste & Fossati is characterised by a fascinating vibrant purple colour, deep and brilliant. A symphony of red and black fruits, sour cherry, with a long lovely finish of liquorice and menthol. - Giuseppe Vaira

Blend : Dolcetto (100%)
ABV : 14.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

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

Critic Reviews

92Points
Vinous

"The 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba Coste & Fossati is a gorgeous wine. Usually, the Coste & Fossati is a richer, bigger wine; the 2018, on the other hand, offers lovely mid-palate depth, but in a restrained, perfumed style that is hugely appealing. Dark red cherry, red plum, chocolate, licorice and spice all flesh out in this delicious and inviting Dolcetto from the Vajra family. The 2018 marks the second vintage of the return to submerged cap maceration, an approach the Vajra family used up until the late 1980s." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

94Points
The Wine Front

"It’s still deep and powerful for a Dolcetto, though not as thick and rolling as the warmer 2017 vintage. Loads of spice, perfume, new leather and sage, dark cherry, maybe liquorice. It’s just over medium-bodied, with crunch of boysenberry and cranberry, grip from chamois-like tannin, and a long and focussed finish. I think it will cellar very well." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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