G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2018 - Piedmont, Italy
Varietals: 100% Nebbiolo
The 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo emerges from a parcel in Sinio. Dark fruit, spice, earthy notes and a good bit of tannin give the Vajra's Langhe Nebbiolo a decidedly brooding, powerful feel and quite a bit more seriousness than is typical at this level. Sweet red berry fruit, mint and spice add freshness alongside bright acidity as the 2018 opens up in the glass. This is such a pretty and expressive wine.
In any discussion of Piemontese wine nobility, the name Vajra should always come up. Founded in the 1880s but not transformed into its present incarnation until 15-year-old Aldo Vajra took over the estate in 1968, The G.D. Vajra (VI-ra) estate has since distinguished itself as one of Piedmont’s finest Nebbiolo houses. The estate is known not only for its extraordinary high-altitude Barolo, but for its uncompromising adherence to organic farming and its pioneering work creating biotypes of Nebbiolo and Dolcetto and preserving the “fourth grape” of the Piemontese trifecta, Freisa. Work has also been done at the winery on restoring to prominence the northern Italian dry rosato style known as Chiaretto.
Today, the Vajra family continues the vineyard research focusing on the influence of soil and climate change. The winery is trail-blazing the rediscovery of Chiaretto di Nebbiolo and the wines of the 17th century – long before Barolo was created - through two limited-production wines: “N.S. della Neve” (a champagne-method rosé nature) and “Claré JC”, a partial whole-cluster fermentation of pure Nebbiolo.
High elevation vineyards are a unique factor to the Vajra wines, for their ability to express finesse and remarkable complexity over power.