G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo

G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo

G.D. Vajra

Regular price $199.00 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 

Bricco del Viole is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Barolo, sitting 400 to 480m above sea level; its name translates to 'Hill of Violets', which refers to the violet blossoms along the vineyard. Sitting high above the fog with a southern exposure, Bricco del Viole gets the most extended amount of sun exposure throughout the day, resulting in wonderfully fragrant wines with bright acid and pronounced tannins, lending itself to long aging potential. Floral aromas of violets and rose petals, morello cherry and orange zest. Fresh cherry and plum sit at the core with some subtle minerality and leathery notes with grippy tannins. 

“Dried flowers, chamomile, almond, cherry and orange peel, and quite spicy and exotic with it. It offers red fruit, blood orange, a smattering of dried herbs, a rusty and stony feel to tannin, some of that classic BdV ‘mineral’ inflection, bright red fruits, plenty of freshness and crunch to acidity, with a crushed rock finish of excellent length. It’s perhaps a little more drying in tannin than is usual, though it’s sure to age gracefully.” - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front 95 Points