Wines to Seek Out
GD Vajra wines are thrillingly different. While the Barolo and Langhe Nebbiolo from this producer are at once familiar, they manage to thread the needle of originality, too.
GD Vajra “Coste & Fossati” Dolcetto d’Alba
What separates great producers from the merely "good?" One measure is that great producers aim high even when they’re dealing with lowly grapes. Such is the case with this Dolcetto, which comes from two prime Dolcetto plots at high elevation above the village of Barolo. It is a magnificent burst of cherry-like fruit and pleasure.
GD Vajra “Petracine” Riesling
Piedmont’s top wineries have been pursuing a serious white wine to call their own for generations. Some have chosen Chardonnay, others are going for it with Timorasso. The Vajra family, however, loves Riesling, and it shows with this bottling that drinks like an ode to the Mosel.
GD Vajra "Claré JC" Langhe
A throwback to Barolo wines of long, long ago, this unusual, light-maceration, claret-style Nebbiolo drinks like an utterly serious Dolcetto. Light, fruity, but by no means unsubstantial.
GD Vajra “Albe” Barolo
GD Vajra's "Albe" Barolo — a classico blend from several plots across the appellation — is one of the Barolo's best values, and capable of aging for decades. We haven’t written a First-Taste Guide to Barolo yet, but when we do, this would be one of the recommended wines for newcomers.
GD Vajra “Bricco della Viole” Barolo
Far and away the estate's magnum opus is the Barolo from Bricco delle Viole, which presents Piedmont's grandest appellation in the most flattering of lights and is quite possibly Barolo’s most comforting single-vineyard wine. It has no hard edges, and an evocative iris-and-violet floral tone that is unique in the land of tar and roses.