Vajra Rosso captures the heart of this estate. Therefore you can expect the wine to be delicate, subtle and savoury with great layers of flavours. It is from the Langhe region of Piedmont and is a blend of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera, Albarossa and Pinot Nero. Despite the quality of grapes, it is drinking now with its glorious perfume being a highlight. I’d look for something mushroom or especially truffle based to pair Vajra Rosso with.
Established in 1972 with access to some of the great vineyards in the Langhe. Despite the length of operation Vajra is a progressive producer but still uses plenty of old school techniques to make great Barolo. To make these lovely wines the family has 25 hectares of vines supplemented by 10 hectares of contracted fruit. Most importantly, all vineyards are organic and/or biodynamically farmed.
Known as one of the greatest wine regions in the world, its name literally means the ‘foot of the mountain’. Piedmont located in the North-Western reach of Italy. There are a lot of parallels drawn between the best wines of Piedmont (Barolo and Barbaresco) and the wines of Burgundy. The region neighbours France and Switzerland with its border defined by the Alps to the north and west and Apennines to the south. These natural defences were used to keep the Ligurians safe from Roman invasions. But luckily it didn’t work forever, as we may not have the wines that we cherish today.
A recent ‘catch all’ addition that allows greater flexibility to producers in the established DOC & DOCG regions (such as Barolo and Barbaresco). Used by producers wanting to blend native with international varieties, experiment with aging lengths and newer wine making practices.
Famously producing long-lived red wines which are light of colour, but abundant in tannin from Barolo, Barbaresco and various other local wines. This is the variety that defines the region. Typical flavours include Tar, roses, anise, cherry, blackberry and truffle.
Approximately half of the red wine Piedmont makes is Barbera. Look for currants and blackberries, liquorice and oak characters.
Meaning ‘little sweet one’, it is capable of producing some fragrant and pretty wines with slight bitterness. Also capable of punching above its weight with tannins. Tastes of red berries, floral notes and spice.