G.D Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2018

Our Dolcetto d’Alba is a homage to this wonderful, often overlooked heritage variety. Historically, Dolcetto was cultivated in prime land, just above Nebbiolo vineyards. At Vajra, we remain loyal to this approach, farming our vineyards in places of true vocation. This is a pure, vibrant and fruity expression of the grape. Dolcetto is picked in the first half of September. As vineya...


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Varietal
Dolcetto
Brand Name
G.D.Vajra
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
ITALY
Region
Piedmont

Product Description

Our Dolcetto d’Alba is a homage to this wonderful, often overlooked heritage variety. Historically, Dolcetto was cultivated in prime land, just above Nebbiolo vineyards. At Vajra, we remain loyal to this approach, farming our vineyards in places of true vocation. This is a pure, vibrant and fruity expression of the grape.
Dolcetto is picked in the first half of September. As vineyards are located at higher elevation, protected from thermal inversion that affects northern slopes and the valley floors, they allow for longer hang time and full phenolic ripening. A gentle vinification usually lasts up to 15 days, with a couple of plunges per day. Wine is racked at least twice prior to malolactic conversion, which takes place in stainless-steel vats. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba sees a minimum aging period in stainless-steel only, and is bottled in spring following the harvest. – Giuseppe Vaira

One of my favourite Piedmontese producers as they make elegant wines with great structure and good acid, they are not too heavy and are wonderful with food.

This wine delights with exuberant aromas of red berries, roses and fresh thyme, giving way to blueberries and plums on the structured palate. Framed by crunchy tannins, this is an elegant wine bursting with character.

The 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba is a richer, bigger wine; the 2018, on the other hand, offers lovely mid-palate depth, but in a restrained, perfumed style that is hugely appealing. Dark red cherry, red plum, chocolate, licorice and spice all flesh out in this delicious and inviting Dolcetto from the Vajra family. The 2018 marks the second vintage of the return to submerged cap maceration, an approach the Vajra family used up until the late 1980s. 92 Points Vinous Media

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