The GD Vajra estate is found in Vergne, the highest village of Barolo in north-west Italy, where the vineyards sit at an altitude of up to 400 metres. The estate is named after Giuseppe Domenico Vajra, who founded the estate in 1972. 10 of the 40 hectares are planted with nebbiolo for Aldo’s Barolo, located in such prized vineyards as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. Here the soil is rich in calcareous marl, with rocky outcrops, giving fragrant and particularly long-lived wines.
The 2016 Dolcetto d’Alba is inky, deep and full of flavor. The imprint of Dolcetto comes through loud and clear in the inky blue/purplish fruit and spice flavors. Supple at the outset, but with good tannic grip, Vajra’s Dolcetto delivers superb quality for the money. [89 Points, Antonio Galloni – June 2018, vinous.com]