G.D Vajra Albe 2020

G.D Vajra Albe 2020

G.D Vajra

Regular price $99.00 Sale


In the early 1970s, while many Piedmontese country residents were leaving rural areas to find work in larger cities, Aldo and Milena Vaira were establishing their vineyard and winery, G.D. Vajra, in the town of Vergne, within the commune of Barolo. Today, their son Giuseppe Vaira, who obtained an Oenology degree, runs the winery. Together with his siblings, they are dedicated to upholding traditional practices and respect for the land while also demonstrating innovation and forward-thinking. You may be wondering why their label is called 'G.D Vajra', and their surname is Vaira; that is an ode to a printing error that was made back in the 1920s that led to much confusion about the spelling of their surname. 

G.D Vajra is praised within the wine industry for making compelling Barolos, including a very popular 'value for money option' in their ‘Albe’ bottling, as well as exceptional examples of all the Piedmontese locals like Dolcetto, Barbera, Langhe Rosso, Langhe Nebbiolo, and also some whites. The G.D Vajra name is synonymous with exceptional quality and value, prestige, and, unfortunately, rarity. Sitting proudly at the top of the table with other heavy hitters like Massolino, G.B Burtollo, and Vietti.  

Tasting Note 

Very rare to see a Barolo sub $100 and a great introduction to the region or an earlier drinking option. The grapes for this wine are a mixture of different sites across Barolo; the grapes are harvested and then sorted a whopping three times to ensure only the best fruit makes the cut. The ferment occurred naturally in stainless steel, and the wine was vinified in large old Slovenian oak for 26 months; the wine was then aged in bottle for a further ten months before release. A great example of the Barolo terroir with lovely fragrant rose petals and orange zest, cherry and plum fruit flavours, and ripe tannins. 

"Red fruits, strawberry springs to mind, sage and mint, almond friand. It’s a bright wine, all red fruits with a smattering of dried herb, orange rind, kind of succulent too, with a light crushed rock feel to tannin, perhaps just a little bit raspy, but the finish is perfumed and lively, and offers excellent length. It’s a charming wine, though maybe not so long term. I like it. It has vigour and personality.” - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front 93 Points