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G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole 2012 (1x 75cl)

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.

£51.30

G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 (1x 75cl)

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.

These grapes come from young Nebbiolo vines in Vajra's own vineyards in the communes of Barolo and Novello. The vines are four to seven years old and will produce Barolo DOCG in several vintages time. This Nebbiolo is also enriched by grapes from the wonderful Roccabella vineyard in the commune of Sinio, planted on steep south-facing terraces.

The preceding winter was heavy with snowfall followed by a mild spring, but a very hot summer. As a result, the growing season and ripening of the grapes was earlier than in other years. The vintage was characterised by strong hailstorms very early on that significantly reduced yields. Despite the storms, all this led to one of the best vintages of recent years.

Fermentation lasted 15-18 days, at temperatures no higher than 29-30ºC with indigenous yeast strains and traditional daily punch downs. Malolactic fermentation followed and the wine was then aged for six months largely in stainless steel tanks, with a small portion in neutral wood, before bottling.

The wine is bright ruby-red with intense notes of violet and rose, accompanied by the freshness of ripe red berry fruits on the nose. This is an elegant Nebbiolo with herbaceous notes and perfumes of roses and red berries complemented by silky tannins and delicate acidity.

£19.05

G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso Pn Q 497 2014 (1x 75cl)

A wine with great structure supporting the ripe strawberry fruit and soft leather character. Lovely depth on the palate with rounded tannis and fine acidity keeping the juicy fruit in check. The elegant finish rounds off with a red fruit note. 

£23.00

Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tilden 1973 (1 x 75cl)

Angelo Gaja’s wines are among the most distinctive in Italy, and as a businessman and winemaker, family patriarch Angelo Gaja has always been ahead of trends. A fourth-generation wine producer based in Piedmont, Gaja began advocating modern methods to improve the quality of Italian wines more than three decades ago, a time when most Italian producers were determined to simply make as much wine as possible, regardless of its quality. Like Robert Mondavi in Napa Valley, Gaja wanted his wines to be in the same league as the best wines of France. And after his careful attention to quality beginning in the 1970s, his single vineyard Barbarescos earned international attention. By dropping appellations from his labels, he was also able to create blends, which are essentially Barbarescos or Barolos with very small amounts of Barbera added. Gaja’s most famous wines are his single vineyard Barbarescos. The winery has 250 acres in vineyards.

£300.00

Giacomo Ascheri Ascheri Dolcetto Dalba Doc 2016 (1x 75cl)

Ruby red colour with violet hues. Fruity, fragrant, forthcoming bouquet, with notes of cherry, red current and apricot. Soft yet persistent palate, well balanced acidity and tannins.
£14.12

Giacomo Ascheri Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC, Bricco San Giacomo 2015 (1x 75cl)

Ruby red colour with garnet reflections. Full bodied bouquet, with a delicate violet scent. Dry on the palate, yet velvety, harmonious and very persistent at the same time. Very well balanced, with distinct class and style.
£17.16

Massolino Barolo `Parussi` 2012 (1 x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2016 edition review of the Barolo 2012 vintage  (see blue link below).

 

Massolino Barolo Parussi 2012 - Dec 2016 Decanter review

 

This 23 hectare estate has has been in the Massolini family since 1896.  Since 1994 the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation. Winemaker Franco Massolino has done a wonderful job of marrying change with a respect for tradition, something that sets him apart from most of the younger producers in Barolo today. This is in part dictated by the nature of the vineyards that the Massolino family owns in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba - the source of some of the greatest, most structured, robust and long-lived Barolo wines.

  

Fruit for this Barolo was sourced from the 1.3 hectare Parussi vineyard in Castiglione Falletto, situated at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level. Purchased in 2007, this is Massolino's first vineyard outside of Serralunga d'Alba. The excellent south-easterly/south-westerly exposure of the vineyard, situated on the crest of the hill, guarantees the production of excellent quality grapes.  The average age of the vines is 40 years old.  

 

The wine was matured in large oak casks for 30 months followed by a year in bottle before release.  It is rich and deep garnet in colour. Balsamic aromas on the nose, with hints of earth and red fruits. A vigorous, powerful and deep wine, with young tannins.

 

£54.99

Via Nuova Barolo E.Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis 2013 (1 x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 review of Barolo (see blue link below).

Pira & Figli Chiara Boschis Via Nuova Barolo 2013 - Feb 2018 Decanter review

Since 1990, this jewel of Barolo has been run by the energetic and multi-talented Chiara Boschis, with the explicit goal of adding an aromatically elegant edge to the legendary power of these great wines. She has added vineyards in Monforte to the original estate, but the heart of E. Pira remains as it was in the days of the late Luigi Pira – just 2.5 hectares of vines in Barolo’s prized enclaves of Cannubi, Cannubi San Lorenzo, and Via Nuova. These are now managed organically, with painstaking selection and a strict eye for detail at harvest time. The winemaking uses modern techniques to maximise expression and approachability, resulting in wines that combine longevity with a benign drinkability for those who cannot wait to open them. In the case of Cannubi, all ripe fruit, sweet spice and signature hints of mint and eucalyptus.

The Barolo Via Nuova has a lively garnet ruby color with an intense nose of notes of dried flowers, spice, red fruit, almond and citrus fruits. Good body, nice tannins and a long finish. When first opened it is a little timid, but with time in the glass or prior decanting it opens up nicely.

£62.50

Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2012 (1x 75cl)

The 2013 vintage was awarded 95 points by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 review of Barolo (see blue link below).

Vietti Castigione Barolo 2013 - Feb 2018 Decanter review

The history of Vietti can be traced back to the 19th century, when Mario Vietti made his first wines, selling most of his production to local villagers. Mario’s fame as a winemaker spread and over time the Vietti name became synonymous with brilliant wines, not just in the local area but across the world. Always looking to grow and innovate, the family was one of the first in Barolo to export wine and to release single-vineyard wines that showcase the individual terroirs of the region. Today, Vietti is one of the first rank of Barolo producers and its wines are highly sought-after. The single-vineyard wines are all astonishing but the Castiglione (made from fruit sourced from across Vietti’s sites) is our favourite: a textbook Barolo with elegance, power, fruit and spice.

After harvesting, the grapes are gently pressed and transferred to stainless steel tanks. The must is fermented in contact with the grape skins over a period of 15 days in order to extract maximum colour and flavour. The wine is then aged for 24 months in casks, and then aged in stainless steel tanks for 8 months before release.

Pale ruby colour with garnet hues and powerful aromas of rich, ripe cherries with intricate complexities of spice, tea leaves and rose petals. With strong, rich tannins, crisp acidity and masculine structure, this ageworthy Barolo shows incredible finesse with excellent balance, integration and a long, lingering finish.

£38.90
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