Langhe Pinot Nero

Langhe

G.D. Vajra

Aldo Vaira's wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes. These...

characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo. G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 and named after Aldo's father, Giuseppe Domenico Vajra. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 60 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature controlled fermentation, to produce such superbly elegant wines.

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Vineyards

From the highest part of Bricco delle Viole, Bricco di Vergne, straddles the two Communes of Barolo and La Morra. From here your eyes can span from Alta Langa (to the east) all the way to Monviso (to the west), while your thoughts drift off far and beyond the Alps.

Vintage Information

The 2015 harvest started a bit earlier than usual, in the last week of August. The weather pattern of this vintage, with a rainy spring and a dry, sunny summer with good vine health, led to an incredible aromatic complexity in the grapes.

Vinification

Pinot Noir is an extremely delicate grape: pick it one day early and the grapes will not be ripe enough, one day later it could already be too late. Therefore, Vajra must determine the perfect moment to harvest. There is the same need for precision during fermentation when the wine can go from being sweet to overly bitter in a heartbeat. After fermentation, the wine spent 18 months in oak barrels to establish its colour and soften the tannins.

Tasting Notes

Red with vibrant reflections in its young age, this wine shows a rich array of aromas, where red fruits, hay, flowers and liquorice are accompanied by minerality.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Langhe, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vaira
Alcohol (ABV) 14%