GD Vajra Barolo DOCG Bricco Delle Viole 2017, Piedmont, Italy

Among the historical vineyards of Barolo, Bricco delle Viole is the highest and the closest to the Alps. It rises from 400 to 480 meters above sea level, on the Western ridge of the village. Its name, ‘Hill of Violets’, originates from the flowers that blossom early here due to the perfect south exposure. Up above the fogs, Bricco delle Viole enjoys the earliest sunrise and the last sunset every day. Thanks to its vines dating back to 1949, a dramatic diurnal temperature range and this pure light, Bricco delle Viole generates a sophisticated and profound Barolo DOCG of bright aromatics, chiseled tannins and subtle minerality. 2017 is a vintage that shows many nuances of this vineyard: the wine is incredibly
layered yet defined by a core of aerial elements, still youthful and introverted yet disclosing a beautiful harmony. 100% Nebbiolo. The 2017 Barolos are profound and characterized by a core of red fruits, acid spine and refined tannins that set the wines for the long haul. In Europe, this was recorded as the lowest yielding vintage since 1947, due to a combination of spring frost and summer droughts. The traditional vinification was carried in custom-designed vertical tini, with gentle punch down and rinsing of the cap. It lasted an average of 58 days, with an extensive period of maceration under submerged cap (cappello sommerso). Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, the following spring. The 2017 Barolo Bricco delle Viole aged for 25 months in large Slavonian casks of 25 and 50hL. It was bottled on July 15th 2020.