“It is about as sweet as the silky Madeira, as astringent on the palate as Bordeaux and as brisk as Champagne. It is a pleasing wine.” – A description of Barolo from America’s first wine geek, Thomas Jefferson. Principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States, Jefferson visited Italy for 3 weeks in 1787. Habitually curious, he kept a detailed journal of observations from his travels. Fast forward to today and the style of wine that he described has been forgotten by most. The G.D. Vajra Claré J.C. Langhe Nebbiolo is a tribute to this lost wine. Wine merchant and historian Darrell Corti approached winemaker Giuseppe Vajra with the idea of bringing the style back. Armed with an original recipe written by Gian Battista Croce in 1606, they were able to hop in their time-machine and reanimate the lost style. The recipe called for 25% whole cluster Nebbiolo grapes from younger vines to be placed at the bottom of a fermentation vat, then topped with crushed juice. After 5 days the wine is moved into a closed tank to finish fermentation off the skins.