Aldo Vajra’s (pronounced Vyra) 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 old-style winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature controlled fermentation, to produce such superbly elegant wines.
The grapes for this wine come from two exceptional vineyards – Bricco delle Viole in the commune of Barolo and Bric Bertone in the commune of Sinio. Bricco delle Viole vineyard is south and southeast facing, planted between 1971 and 1999 at an altitude of 380-470 metres above sea level. Bric Bertone is at 340-390 metres above sea level with a southern exposure. The soil is rich in calcareous marl, with rocky outcrops, giving elegant, fragrant and particularly long-lived wines.
Fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place in stainless steel tanks for 20 days. Temperatures were not controlled, but did not exceed 32ºC with regular traditional punch downs. Malolactic fermentation followed in Slavonian oak barrels. The wine remained in oak for a total of 20-24 months before bottling.
Ruby red in colour with violet hues. A beautiful array of aromas on the nose with red fruits, hay, flowers and liquorice together with refreshing mineral notes. This Barbera Superiore has a richness that starts on the nose and persists through to the finish. There is a lovely balance between supple tannins and youthful acidity.
Mauro Molino’s estate amounts to 12 hectares, half of which is planted with Nebbiolo for the production of top quality Barolo. The balance is divided between Barbera, Dolcetto and a smaller quantity,of Roero Arneis.
100% Nebbiolo from vines aged between 25 and 40 years grown on a south, southwest exposure.
The harvest took place mid-October followed by maceration on the skins for 9 days in steel tanks at controlled temperature. The alcoholic fermentation was also in steel tanks for 20 days with the malolactic fermentation and ageing being in French oak barriques for 24 months.
Garnet red in colour, the nose is rich and intense with the bouquet of ripe fruits. The palate is smooth with velvety tannins and long finish.
This property was purchased by Valpolicella producer Marilisa Allegrini in 2006. Marilisa has continued to invest heavily in the estate and has brought in winemaker Nicola Biasi to build on Poggio San Polo’s already considerable reputation and impressive levels of quality.
Situated in the eastern part of Montalcino, this estate covers 22 hectares of which 16 are under vine, and produces wines that are classic in style but with a bit more weight than would be found to the north of the zone.
Poggio San Polo`s Brunello vineyards cover approximately nine hectares planted between 1990 and 2000. They are situated at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, facing south-southwest on chalky, clay soils.
The grapes (100% Sangiovese) were hand picked and after a gentle pressing, fermentation took place in temperature-controlled concrete tanks with temperatures reaching a maximum of 28-30°C, with a long maceration on the skins lasting 20-22 days. The wine was aged in new, medium-toasted, French oak tonneaux (500 litres) for a period of 24 months, followed by extended ageing in bottle before release.
An intense ruby red with garnet hues. The typical aromas of violets and small red berries are followed by hints of vanilla, cedar and coffee. On the palate it is full-bodied and warm with a densely-woven texture and robust tannins, while the finish is persistent and rounded.
The Allegrini family estate covers 100 hectares of vineyard in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. The family has been growing grapes here for six generations. All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from these vineyards. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.
The family`s southeast facing vineyards are located at 180-280 metres above sea level. The soils are varied, but mostly chalky, clayey and well-drained. The older vines are 30 years old on average.
The grapes were dried at `Terre di Fumane`, a state of the art drying centre with controlled temperature and humidity. By drying the grapes under these conditions, the development of botrytis was avoided and the integrity of the fruit preserved. During the drying period, the grapes lost 40-45% of their original weight. Vinification took place in the first two weeks of January. The dried grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and fermented in stainless steel between 8-22ºC. Maceration lasted 25 days, with daily pumping over. The wine was racked into 100% new oak barrique (225 litres) in March for 18 months. After blending, it spent seven months in 8,700 litre oak casks, and 14 months in bottle.
A true classic of the Valpolicella Classico area. Deep and inky in the glass, this wine has imposing structure and depth, as much in its aromas of mature fruit and spices, as on the palate, where the alcohol is sustained by the perfect degree of acidity and ripe tannins.
Aldo Conterno is one of the historic names of Italian wine.
The Conterno family has been making wine in Monforte since at least the 1700’s. Aldo’s grandfather, Giovannni Conterno, founded his own winery in 1908 which was then run by his son, Giacomo. After a stint in the USA in the 1950s, Aldo worked with his older brother Giovanni in this winery until he decided to strike out on his own in 1969. Aldo’s three sons now make the wine (Stefano) and run the business (Franco and Giacomo). Over the years, production has been deliberately reduced and the family now produces 80,000 bottles rather than the 200,000 produced in 1998.
85% of the fruit for this Barolo comes from a selection of the best vineyards on the Bussia Soprana hill. The remaining 15% comes from a Conterno vineyard within the commune of Barolo, whose vines are at least 25 years old. The 2011 vintage will be remembered as unconventional, with its very early harvest and low yields in the vineyard. Very high temperatures were recorded during August, causing a loss in weight in the fruit but rainfall in the first week of September was providential and, combined with the lowering of night-time temperatures, allowed excellent balance in the phenolic components of the grapes. The Nebbiolo grapes arrived at the winery with all the properties sought after in the great wines of this region.
Temperature controlled fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with temperatures around 30°C. Maceration on the skins and fermentation lasted five to six weeks. The wine remained in stainless steel for a further three to five months after which it was transferred to large Slavenian oak barrels where it remained for 26 months before bottling.
Deep red in colour with a purple sheen. The fine nose shows floral and herbaceous notes with subtle red fruits. With its supple tannins, great depth, lovely intensity of flavour and a touch of minerality, this Barolo is a classic example of the Nebbiolo grape at its best.
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