2010 Barolo from G.D. Vajra
If you haven’t yet heard, the 2010 vintage in Barolo was outstanding. When word began spreading about the fine quality of the vintage, it was natural for some to wonder if all the high praise was mostly hype. Not so it seems. As with all great vintages, the story begins with the growing season and in 2010 the season began late as winter lingered long into March. Overall 2010 had cooler than normal temperatures, promoting a long ripening season. Most producers harvested in mid-October. The 2010 vintage is characterized by power, intensity and precision. Neither austere nor over-ripe, the 2010’s are perhaps best summed up as modern classics, for they achieve fruit ripeness without losing site specificity.
Bricco delle Viole courtesy G.D. Vajra’s Facebook page
The Wine House is offering two beautiful examples of 2010 Barolo from a family-run estate, G.D. Vajra. We’ve been stocking their entry-level Barolo Albe for several vintages now, as it offers elegance and class at a very reasonable price (yes, like fine Burgundy, Barolo can be expensive).
G.D. Vajra began when Aldo Vaira fled city life and returned to his family’s estate, situated in Vergne – the highest elevation village in the Commune of Barolo – to farm the land. This was the early 70’s, a time when most people were looking for a way out of rural life and wanted to head to the city. Not Aldo. From the beginning, Aldo devoted himself to making the highest quality wine possible. Over time and with careful planning, Aldo was able to expand his vineyard holdings to the current 40 hectares of which 10 are planted to Nebbiolo for Barolo. Today, his son Giuseppe is the winemaker and brand ambassador. The Wine House was pleased to meet him for the first time back in January when he visited our store, bringing along a gorgeous line-up of G.D. Vajra wines. – Anya Balistreri
Giuseppe Vaira courtesy winery’s Facebook page
The 2010 Barolo Albe comes from three vineyards, Fossati, Coste di Vergne and La Volta. The vineyards are all between 400-440 meters above sea level, with both young and older plantings. Here is a review by Antonio Galloni:
“Rose petal, mint, sage and licorice meld together in a supple, racy Barolo endowed with both tons of near-term appeal and the potential to develop beautifully in bottle. Vajra crafts the Albe to be accessible young, but 2010 is a vintage in which a few years in bottle will only help. The Albe is one of the very finest Barolos in its price range.” 93+ points.
The 2010 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is magnificent. Bricco delle Viole is one of the highest altitude crus with clay/calcium rich soils. Only the oldest vines go into this bottling. Antonio Galloni had this to write about the wine:
“The 2010 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is going to need quite a bit of time to fully come together. Dark cherries, plums, tobacco and spices burst from the glass in an intense, structured Barolo that hits all the high notes. Next to the Ravera, the Bricco delle Viole is more floral, lifted and finessed, especially with time in the glass. Rose petals, savory herbs and sweet spices add the last nuance of complexity. The 2010 is fabulous; it’s as simple as that.” 96+ points.