The magic of Piedmont and the magical wines of Aldo Vajra

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Aldo Vajra (above, center) is a devoutly religious man. When you meet him and shake his hand, you can feel his belief and you can sense his intense devotion to his family, to his land, to his grapes, and to his wine. Aldo Vajra makes some of the best wines I’ve tasted from Piedmont in a very, very long time. This week I was able to secure a very-difficult-to-find allocation of his wines. The below six-pack is a more pricey than most of my offerings but I cannot tell you how strongly I believe in the quality of these wines. When Tracie P and I tasted with Aldo (thanks to my writing partner Mr. Franco Ziliani) in February 2010 on our honeymoon, we were completely blown away by how much we loved these wines. When I look back at my notes from that beautiful winter day in the Langa Hills of Piedmont, I find exclamations like “YES!”, “OUR KIND OF WINE!”, and “MAN, I DIG THIS WINE!”

This go around, I’m making the wines available individually (min. of 3 bottle order) or by the six-pack with a 13% discount. I can only say that if you feel your palate is aligned with ours, you need to know these truly superb expressions of Piedmont. When Tracie P and I tasted his viscous, almost-honey-like Moscato d’Asti, we both looked at each other and simultaneously said, “this is the best Moscato d’Asti I’ve ever tasted.” I’m not kidding. Ask Tracie P if you don’t believe me.

Vajra six-pack
$190 including tax
(save 13% off individual bottle price)

Vajra 2007 Langhe Bianco (Riesling) $45.00
Vajra 2008 Dolcetto d’Alba $22.50
Vajra 2007 Barbera d’Alba $30.00
Vajra 2007 Langhe Nebbiolo $30.00
Vajra 2005 Langhe Kyè (Freisa) $45.00
Vajra 2008 Moscato d’Asti $21.00

Vajra 2007 Langhe Bianco (Riesling) $45.00

Side-by-side with Angelo Gaja’s Chardonnay, this 100% Riesling is the most noble white wine I have ever tasted in Piedmont. When I wrote about it on my blog, I was blown away by how many top wine professionals commented and wrote me to tell me how they shared my bewilderment at how good it is. I was able to get my hands on just two cases of the 2007, in my opinion a fantastic and wholly age-worthy vintage for this wine. I, for one, am putting some bottles “down” to see how they will evolve.

Vajra 2008 Dolcetto d’Alba $22.50

Acidity, natural fruit, and earth — my favorite style of Dolcetto. Very food friendly and very ready to drink. Not the greatest vintage but all the more approachable for the lightness this wine shows.

Vajra 2007 Barbera d’Alba $30.00

In my notes that day, I wrote: “fantastic! nebbioleggia…” In other words, this Barbera has a noble quality akin to that of Nebbiolo. I liked the way Aldo lets the gentle tannin express itself in his Barbera. Gorgeous fruit, brilliant acidity. I’d love to see what this wine would do to some tacos de carnitas!

Vajra 2007 Langhe Nebbiolo $30.00

Great vintage, great wine, made from Aldo’s younger-vine Nebbiolo and Nebbiolo not destined for his Barolo. This wine is ready to drink with just a little bit of aeration but will cellar well for 2-3 years.

Vajra 2005 Langhe Kyè (Freisa) $45.00

I was thrilled when I found out that the importer would make this wine available to me. Freisa is one of those grapes you rarely find in the U.S. And don’t let people fool you into thinking it’s a “rustic” grape. It’s a tannic, dense grape that makes for an excellent roast and grilled-meat wine, a great meditative wine to pair with ripened and aged cheeses. As you can see, I put it toward the end of the flight because of its rich and tannic character. Btw, Kyè is a sort of transliteration of the Italian chi è, Aldo explained. “People don’t understand what Freisa is,” he told me. “And so it’s as if they ask, chi è? Who is this?”

Vajra 2008 Moscato d’Asti $21.00

If you buy some of this wine and don’t like it, just let me know and Tracie P and I will take whatever you don’t drink! This is an old-school Moscato d’Asti, rich and creamy, almost viscous and honey-like. They simply don’t make Moscato like this anymore and it entirely turned us on. Hands down, the best Moscato d’Asti we’ve ever tasted (ask Tracie P if you don’t believe me!).

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I can also get his 2005 Barolo Bricco delle Viole and the Chinato. But please email me for pricing and availability.

Before Tracie P and I left that day, Aldo gave us this folio coffee table encyclopedia of Italian cheeses. “The newlyweds,” he said, “couldn’t leave empty-handed.”

It now resides proudly in our living room. And btw, if you’re wondering how to pronounce Vajra, it rhymes with my middle name, Ira.

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4 responses to “The magic of Piedmont and the magical wines of Aldo Vajra

  1. Pingback: The Do Bianchi Vajra Six-Pack is live! « Do Bianchi

  2. mmhhm 2B, i DO concur 🙂

  3. Drinking the ’08 Dolcetto as I write (just taking a break while cooking dinner). A must have around the McDuff household at all times.

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