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 Vajra. 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 oldstyle winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature-controlled fermentation, to produce such superbly elegant wines.
Coste di Rose is a Barolo cru (MGA) located in the Comune di Barolo. It is well-located on the top of the hill, at 310 meters above sea level, above a forest, which keeps the vineyard cool. Soil is dominated by a pure Arenaria di Diano, a Tortonian sandstone that delivers distinctive floral aromatics and a salty minerality. This cru is one of Barolo’s best kept secrets, being located right in between Cannubi and Bussia, yet away from the beaten paths.
2015 is a vintage of rich and vibrant Barolo wines. Winter was very snowy, and mild temperatures from February led to an early bud break. By flowering, which took place in the middle of May, the season was about 10 days ahead of norm. More rain fell between end of May and early June and this was a great help for the vines to overcome a very hot and dry month of July. The harvest was generous with very healthy fruit. There was a small loss of production due to sporadic yet harsh hailstorms in May, and from the summer heat. Harvest was slightly early than average and fruit quality was remarkable across the board.
Grapes were picked around the third week of October. Fermentation was carried out in custom-designed vertical fermentation casks (tini), with gentle punch downs and rinsing of the cap. Maceration lasted 40 days, of which 10 were under the submerged cap. Malolactic fermentation took place in the stainless steel vats the following spring. The wine was then transfered into large Slavonian casks for between 24 and 32 months for maturation. The wine was racked twice, in the first and then the second summer of maturation.
Coste di Rose shows a floral-dominated nose, with aromas of roses combined with marasca cherry and hints of liquorice and mint. On the palate, it has a very elegant and pleasurable structure that flows gracefully with a long and mineral finish.
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