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2017 G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera

Availability:
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Original price $182.00 - Original price $182.00
Original price
$182.00
$182.00 - $182.00
Current price $182.00

Region: Piedmont, Italy 

Grape: Nebbiolo

Culinary Suggestions: Truffle/mushroom dishes, charcuterie or roasted meats

Vineyard Practice: Sustainable and Organic


About

G.D. Vajra - “a world of sublime hand-crafted, artisan wines of the very highest level”, as Antonio Galloni calls it - is run in the second generation by Giuseppe, Isidoro and Francesca Vaira, lovingly overseen by father Aldo and mother Milena. It was Aldo that founded G.D. Vajra, kicking off with a counter-cultural twist by returning to his ancestors’ land in the early ‘70s, when all else were deserting the countryside in droves. That spirit of tradition with an adaptive streak characterises this far-sighted outfit. Indeed, Aldo’s decision to embrace the rogue ‘j’ on the label – a print error that happens to hark back to the pre-1920s spelling of the family name – says a lot about the clan’s capacity to roll with it and nimbly fuse its roots with the future.
Over the years they’ve acquired coveted holdings in their home commune of Barolo as well as Novello, Sinio and Serralunga - this latter home to the stupendous wines they produce under their Luigi Baudana label. 

The family excels with all the Piedmont staples – Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Moscato and the very rare Freisa, as well as Riesling that is far better than it has any right to be. Barolo Albe has made a name for itself as one of the best-value Barolos going, while Bricco delle Viole has cemented a reputation as one of the finest cru Barolo wines, period. At the more everyday level, there’s a wonderful Langhe Rosso, Langhe Nebbiolo and the highly original, intensely drinkable Claré J.C. – a wickedly bright, tank-raised, 25% whole-bunch, nouveau-style Nebb. - Importer Note


Tasting Notes

The 2017 Barolo Ravera is gorgeous right out of the gate. I am so impressed with its depth and pedigree. Rose petal, sweet red berry fruit, lavender, spice and dried herbs are all finely delineated in a Barolo of tremendous presence. Orange peel, cinnamon and cedar develop later, adding shades of dimension. Time in the glass brings out the wine's stature and power. The 2017 is going to be fascinating to follow. Today, it is just breathtaking. That's all there is to it.

95 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media January 2021

Drink: 2025 - 2042


Dark red fruit, nutmeg, dried herbs, new leather and a deeper slightly earthy bass note rumbling away. Succulent mix of red cherry and berries, plenty of spice and orange peel, distinctly earthy and ‘mineral’ feel to tannin here, a bit gravelly and they spread through the mouth so nicely. Pulls savoury on the long finish, but also offers a little rosy perfume as it goes. Perhaps my favourite wine from the 2017 Vajra release.

95 points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front June 2021

Drink: 2022 - 2032+


The G.D. Vajra 2017 Barolo Ravera shows solid build and consistency, with more rich and saturated fruit compared to the other Barolo releases from this historic estate. The Ravera cru offers broad shoulders with a tight textural fabric. That powerful approach makes a good sounding board for the wine's dark cherry, plum, dark mineral and spice flavors. This is more of a red meat wine. 6,000 bottles were released.

94+ points - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate June 2021

Drink: 2024 - 2040


Very floral with pure fruit, such as cherries and raspberries. It’s full-bodied with ultra fine tannins that are energetic and focused. The center palate shows such wonderful fruit character, yet it’s weightless and energetic. Try after 2026.

96 points - jamessuckling.com July 2021