2019 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto Coste & Fossati

G.D. Vajra |Piedmont |Dolcetto
Right at the top echelon of Piemontese Dolcettos. A real winning red.

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

It's a truly noble example of the variety.

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.

94 Points - "Complex and tightly-wound Dolcetto here. Fresh blackberry and dark cherry, spice and black pepper, thyme and aniseed, new leather. Medium-bodied, glassy and firm feel to acidity, intense shale-like tannin, tangy boysenberry and blackberry, a distinctly ‘mineral’ feel to it, and a lively finish of fine length. Pretty tense as at now, and while I do enjoy the tussle, it really needs a few more years in bottle before it rolls out the goods." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front

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 - Barolo, Italy G.D. Vajra

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