From the Bricco delle Viole cru, or the vineyard most strongly associated with this historic estate, this is a versatile or "evergreen" wine that always delivers consistent results. The G.D. Vajra 2016 Barolo Bricco delle Viole sees fruit from a seven-hectare vineyard with high exposures positioned at 400 to 480 meters above sea level. This site shows characteristic Tortonian-era soils classified as Sant'Agata marl with fossils. These soils have an enormous capacity to regulate the ripening process, resulting in the longer growing seasons relished by the Nebbiolo grape. In a word, the profile here is classic. You get delicate fruit tones and wild rose with camphor ash, licorice and tar. The wine is beautifully harmonious and ethereal. Some 15,000 bottles are hitting the market now.
98 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)
Bricco delle Viole (“hill of violets”) sits high on the Barolo commune’s western edge, with dramatic diurnal temperature shifts that prolong the ripening of the fruit. It is always one of the last vineyards to be picked by the Vaira family’s team, and this was especially true in the long growing season of 2016, when harvest in this cru extended into late October. The wine opens with vivid rose and violet scents and bright orange-peel accents. Vibrant acidity propels flavors of taut cherry and red currant underlined by a cool streak of graphite. The finish, still tight, is long and fresh, resonant with those red-berry tones that will keep this wine lively for many years to come.
98 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2020)
The 2016 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is going to need a few years to emerge, but it has all the qualities to develop into a truly special wine. Dark red/purplish fruit, hard candy, mint, lavender and sweet spice give the 2016 striking inner perfume. On the palate, the 2016 is a tightly wound, classically austere Barolo that will especially delight readers with traditionally leaning palates. In this late-ripening vintage, there is a great balance of structure, aromatics and mid-palate sweetness. I absolutely loved it.
97 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2020)
The nose is packed with blue flowers, such as violets, iodine and blueberries. Very charming, seductive aromas here. The palate has such plush, long and expansive style. Elegant and smooth, it delivers an expansive bloom of fragrance and flavor at the finish. Effortless and layered. This is a star of the vintage. Drink now and for two decades.
97 points, James Suckling (Dec 2020)
Mint and cut grass aromas give way to cherry, black currant and raspberry fruit in this juicy red. Tar, tobacco and eucalyptus accents add depth as this builds to a long, gripping finish. Shows fine balance and length. Best from 2023 through 2046. 1,250 cases made.
96 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec 2020)