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G.D. Vajra and Luigi Baudana Barolo 2017

G.D. Vajra and Luigi Baudana Barolo 2017

20th Jul 2021
- Joe Perry -

'The Vajra family produced a bevy of stellar wines from both their estates, G.D. Vajra in Barolo and Baudana in Serralunga. The 2017s are deep, fleshy and impeccably balanced.' - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 

The secret has been out for a while now, the name G.D. Vajra is known throughout the wine world for producing impeccable wines of the absolute highest level in the village of Vergne in Barolo.

Aldo and Milena Vaira established G.D. Vajra in 1972 named after Aldo’s father, Guiseppe Domenico. Aldo was truly a pioneer of Barolo in the 1970’s as one of the first to introduce organic farming techniques to the area.

The estate has 40 hectares under vine, including some of the top holdings in Barolo, along with Novello and Serralunga. Today the estate is run by second generation Vaira’s Giuseppe, Isidoro, and Francesca.

These wines continue to represent top quality and value in the region, with Barolo Albe making a name for itself as one of the best bang-for-buck Barolo’s going. The Bricco delle Viole and Ravera Crus from Vajra mark the spot as those that sit amongst the finest wines in Northern Italy. In 2009 Luigi Baudana entrusted the Vaira family with his iconic Serralunga d’Alba vines. For the Vaira’s it was an honour to work these sites and today they also produce Cerretta and Baudana Cru, as well as a flag-flying Serralunga commune wine as well.

Following the stellar 2016 vintage release, the 2017 wines of Vajra and Baudana have not disappointed. This vintage fits the Vajra style perfectly, intense aromas along with prominent tannin and acid, and most importantly, excellent expression of site. Lovers of mid-weight, classically structured Nebbiolo are in for a treat and not doubt, Barolo enthusiasts will rush to fill their cellars as these wines will surely delight with age.

We're proud to be able to offer the following wines below - full tasting notes and reviews are available in each product. 

G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2017
$110 each

'The 2017 Barolo Albe is exquisite. Bright and beautifully lifted, the 2017 Albe is a wine of pure and total pleasure. All the elements come together so gracefully.'  'The 2017 is so nicely done in the way it captures the radiance of the year and the classicism that runs through all these wines.' - 91 points. Antonio Galloni

G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2017
$182 each

'The 2017 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is classy and elegant to the core.' 'The 2017 Bricco delle Viole is one of the clear stand outs of the year.' - 95 points. Antonio Galloni

G.D. Vajra Barolo Coste di Rose 2017
$158 each

'The 2017 Barolo Coste di Rose is pretty, supple and inviting. Some of the tannins need to resolve, but this is a young Barolo after all.' 'I won't be surprised if the 2017 is even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit.' - 93 points. Antonio Galloni

G.D. Varja Barolo Ravera 2017
$182 each

'The 2017 Barolo Ravera is gorgeous right out of the gate. I am so impressed with its depth and pedigree.' '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

Luigi Baudana Barolo Baudana 2017
$182 each

'The 2017 Barolo Baudana is such a gorgeous wine. It, too, conveys the power of Serralunga, but with a bit less heft than is typically the case. Sweet dark cherry, iron, cedar, rose petal, mint and white pepper give the 2017 its effusive, inviting personality. This is such a tremendous showing.' - 95+ points. Antonio Galloni

Luigi Baudana Barolo Cerretta 2017
$182 each

'A dark, sombre wine, the 2017 Barolo Cerretta shows the more potent, brooding side of Serralunga. Readers will have to be patient here, but there is certainly a ton to look forward to. This is another impressive showing from Baudana and the Vajra family.' - 95 points. Antonio Galloni

Luigi Baudana Barolo Serralunga 2017
$125 each

'The 2017 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba may very well turn out to be one of the best wines of the year in its peer group. Dark and wonderfully expressive, yet also light on its feet for a Serralunga Barolo, the 2017 has so much going on.' - 93 points. Antonio Galloni