2019 G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera

Price:$99

Style:

Savory | Old World

Rating:

Excellent

Type Red, Table, Dry
Country Italy
Region Piedmont, Barolo, Novello, Ravera
Variety Nebbiolo
Farming Certified Organic, Sustainable
Alcohol 14%
Drink Date 2025 – 2045
Published January 2024

2019 G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera

Rating: Excellent
Character

Very Good

Excellent

WOW
Fruit, Earth & Oak Aromas & Flavors Pleasing Fruit and/ or earth aromas and taste The varietal character of the grape really gets your attention Stops you in your tracks
Complexity On the nose and palate, multiple sensory elements across the fruit, earth & oak spectrum More elements are in play, at more sensory-stimulating levels; a sense of place Each time you smell, each time you taste, you sense new, deeper elements
Balance Harmonious; not dominated by one element, like jammy fruit or oak The harmony holds as intensity builds A full chorus or orchestra , all in tune
Finish Some duration, a pleasant reminder Duration up to 20 seconds Duration exceeds 20 seconds
Primary Flavors
  • Cherry
  • Rasberry
  • Alpine Mint
  • Orange Zest
Structure

Acid

Low
Medium
High

Body

Light
Medium
Full

Tannin

Low
Medium
High

Style

Old World
Contemporary
New World
About this Wine

A shimmering dark ruby color, this wine is captured by Giuseppe Vaira, who’s family produces this wine, describing it as “crisp like the sound of a Telecaster, straight and electric.” Intense red fruit aromas waft from the glass, backed by alpine mint and hints of citrus zest. On the palate, the wine offers a soft texture at first, then with time expands to deliver concentrated dark fruits, rose petals, crushed stone, and salinity, with very chiseled tannins trailing away on the palate. This wine is still young and tightly wound – it will reward another several years’ time in the bottle and age for at least a couple of decades. If you want to enjoy it sooner, decant and give it time to open up.

2019 was a textbook year in Barolo, marked by early bud break, late flowering, and a slow, progressive ripening of the grapes, leading to balanced phenolic ripening and great acidic spine. Great care goes into making this wine. The grapes are sorted manually three times at harvest: first, directly while still on the vine; second, as whole clusters on the sorting table; and finally, as single berries.

G.D. Vajra’s Ravera vineyard

G.D. Vajra makes many wines throughout the Langhe, many single-vineyard wines, and Ravera is considered their “feisty” Barolo, with a firm tannic structure. Ravera is broadly acknowledged as the most desirable vineyard in Comune di Novello, with a complex mix of Tortonian marls, sandstone, and clays from the Serravallian period, formed when an ancient seabed that collected runoff from the Alps was tossed vertically by tectonic action. Its elevation, within sight of the snow-capped Alps, brings cooler temperatures and diurnal shifts that preserve bracing acidity in the maturing grapes.

The family has been farming grapes in Barolo for almost 100 years and was one of the first in all of Piedmont to adopt organic farming techniques almost 50 years ago. Vineyards are nurtured and soil is preserved using grassing and spontaneous cover crops, with added effort focused on monitoring and improving biodiversity of flora and fauna in the vineyards, fields, and forests of their properties.