Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition article: The Most Exciting Wines of 2017 (see blue link below).
GD Vajra Barolo BdV 2012 - January 2018 Decanter review
Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their Deember 2016 edition review of the Barolo 2012 vintage (see blue link below).
GD Vajra BdV Barolo 2012 - Dec 2016 Decanter review
Vajra's own tasting note and technical note on this vintage:
GD Vajra BdV Barolo 2012 - Vajra fiche technique
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. 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.
The 'Bricco delle Viole' vineyard is located at altitudes of 380-470 metres above sea level in the commune of Barolo and covers 4.79 hectares. One part of the vineyard is planted with vines which are now over 60 years old. Its high altitude and long ripening season gives the wine an aromatic complexity and richness that is lacking in lower vineyards.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures up to 31°C and lasted four weeks, with regular pumping over. The wine was then matured for 42-48 months in Slavonian oak barrels.
This wine is a brilliant ruby red colour with notes of cherries, brandied cherries, dark berries, violets and dried roses which recall nuances of citrus fruits and mint. On the palate noble and silky tannins. Very balanced with a long finish of fresh, delicate spices.