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G.D. Vajra Barolo ‘Le Albe’

Italy | 2016
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(1 customer review)

£42 a bottle

A beautifully balanced barolo, ‘Le Albe’ has elegant, rose petal perfumes, dark berry fruit and a perfectly judged equilibrium of tannin and acidity. The incredibly long finish is an indicator of the exceptional quality produced by Aldo Vaira.

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Origin

Barolo is a classic and well respected Italian red with an interesting history. In fact, it started life as a sweet wine; the Nebbiolo grape ripens late into October so by the time they reached the winery – and under more primitive wine making practises – temperatures dropped low enough to halt fermentation, leaving plenty of residual sugar. With help of French oenologist Loius Oudart, a dry style of Barolo emerged and quickly became reputable, favourites amongst the nobility of Turin and ruling House of Savoy. This iconic wine has certainly come a long way!

Producer

Aldo Vajra established the modern estate between 1968 and 1972, reclaiming the family-run vineyards since they were taken over by share-croppers after World War II. Aldo’s vineyards are quite distinctive, as its grapes ripen later than many other of his Nebbiolo-producing contemporary’s, giving rise to fresh, lifted aromas and well balanced acidity and fruit flavours. Aldo adheres to the traditional wine making practises of the region, such as ageing his Barolo wine for 3 and a half years before bottling.

Grape Variety

100% Nebbiolo.

Grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted. Fermentation and maceration at controlled temperatures lasts 20 days, followed by maturation in Slavonian oak casks for 30 months.

Food Match

This wine cries out for an amazing piece of beef – Piedmontese if you can – cooked simply. For those of you of the vegetarian persuasion, it’s ideal with a wild mushroom risotto drizzled with truffle oil.

Vegetarian, Vegan, practising Organic

Alcohol Percentage

14.5%

Additional information

Grape Variety

Vintage

2016

Country of Origin

Other

Vegetarian, Vegan

Food Pairing

Beef, Mushrooms

Alcohol Percentage

14.5%

Region

Piemonte

Style

Full Bodied & Rich Reds

1 review for G.D. Vajra Barolo ‘Le Albe’

  1. hewittgareth

    Opened this recently after buying a few years back and laying down. Needed decanting for a few hours to get it’s full expression but worth the wait! Very well balanced and enjoyed it immensely.

    Beautiful flowery aroma and complex dark fruit balanced really well with a long finish to savor

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