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.

Tasting Notes

The organic 2019 Dolcetto d’Alba Coste & Fossati is plump and bright with raw cherry and sweet blueberry. This 8,000-bottle production is streamlined and fresh with all sorts of fun fruit flavors to keep your attention. To the palate, the wine is quite simple, but you still have the textural fiber to pair with fried chicken or breaded veal. There is a dusting of black pepper on the close. This is the second time in as many years that the Vajra family has resisted submerging the cap during winemaking for this wine, a tradition they had originally started in 1989.[90 Points, onica Larner – June 2021,]