Oddero is one of the great, historic, traditional Barolo houses with a long history spanning over 200 years. There are mentions of the Oddero family in La Morra as far back as the 1700s, though the family was likely there even before that point. The winery was among the first producers to estate bottle their Barolo – in the late 1800’s, a time when most wine was sold in bulk either by demijohn or barrel. There are even records of their wine being sold to the USA at that point as well. It was Giacomo Oddero (born 1926) and his brother Luigi (born 1928) who brought the winery into the modern era.
It's good to listen to Patrizio Buanne's rousing rendition of Il Mondo while tasting Barolo. This is La Morra (Santa Maria Bricco Chiesa) and Castiglione Falletto (Bricco Fiasco). Cherry and almond biscotti, menthol and mint, panettone (and so really smells like that!), iron. It's juicy, strawberry and red cherry, fine cool acidity, perfumed fresh herbs, powdery brick dust tannin, distinct ‘mineral' feel, and a finish that's very long, and beautifully defined. Delicate, almost. A quiet achiever. Almost certainly has more to say. Stuff some in the cellar. Tasted: Jul20; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $95; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2023 - 2040; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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