All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
Kyè: A close relative of Nebbiolo, Freisa is a grape once held in the highest esteem in Piedmont. Today, most examples are fruity and simple. At Vajra, Freisa is love affair that receives their utmost attention. And their "Kyè" is the benchmark Freisa of Piedmont. Deep and powerful, but with grace and a lifted sense of minerality that only a prime hillside planting can provide. It has a menthol and tar quality reminiscent of Nebbiolo, but with a darker fruit profile.
The wines of G.D. Vajra stole my attention when I was living in Burgundy, but a subsequent visit in Italy put the whole picture in to context: These are Piedmont elite at pricing that speaks to everyone. From the Dolcetto through the Barolo Ravera, this family estate is the first place to turn for the entire spectrum of what Piedmont is all about.
Aldo and Milena Vaira bottled their first vintage in 1978 from vineyards planted by Aldo's father in 1948. Vajra's vineyards are set at the highest elevation in the commune of Barolo. Aldo from the start was heavily influenced by the traditional approach of his neighbors down the hill, Bartolo Mascarello and Beppe Rinaldi.
The Vajra wines stand at a perfect intersection between two styles. Aldo has noted descriptions of the estate as "The most modern of the traditionalists and the most traditional of the modernists". Though traditional fermentation and aging is the common approach, the accessibility and silken texture of the wines calls to mind modern sensibilities.