One of Barolo's treasures, G.D. Vajra, is located in Vergne, the highest part of the region. Using vines that have been in the family since the 1920's G.D. Vajra became a fully functioning winery in the 1970s and, around the same time, became organic certified. Vajra has remained a family operation with son Aldo now at the helm. The family bottles single-vineyard Barolos to show off the different expressions of their land. Vajras wines are profoundly layered and evolve in the glass from one sip to the next. The high elevation causes the yields to be naturally low, with the ripening process taking longer than usual, creating naturally elegant wines. G.D. Vajra are modern traditionalists keeping the fire in their piece of Barolo alive, and the Ravera is one of their most important crus. An incredibly structured wine will need some time in the bottle; it is the ultimate example of Barolo's power and elegance. We have a limited amount left after our previous shipment, so please act quickly!
Antonio Galloni 96 points! "The 2016 Barolo Ravera is tough as nails today, but it has striking inner sweetness and remarkable persistence. Even so, readers will have to exercise a great deal of patience, as the 2016 is not likely to offer much in the way of pleasure for a number of years. Bright red cherry, mint, white pepper, blood orange and dried flowers give the 2016 brilliant top notes to match its finely sculpted feel. Veins of acidy and tannin add razor-sharp precision throughout. I can't wait to taste this in another few years' time."
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 95 points! "The 2016 Barolo Ravera is the most angular, powerful and vertical of the various Baroli presented by G.D. Vajra. The optimal growing conditions of this classic vintage contribute to the wine's vertical lift and pronounced depth. The Ravera cru (that spans the comuni of Novello and Barolo) is characterized by Toronian-era marl with clay and sandstone at 320 to 340 meters above sea level. That's the ideal spot for wines that show both power and elegance. The tannins are sweeter on this wine, but the fiber is tight and firm. Red and purple fruits with licorice, tar and white truffle are folded neatly within. Some 6,000 bottles are hitting the market now."