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2019 #Piemonte | Oddero winery, La Morra

Updated: Jan 7, 2020

One of the most famous families producers of Barolo in Piemonte is definitely Oddero, a family with over a century of viticultural traditions, whose winery is located in the northern part of Langhe, in La Morra area. Visiting them was a great experience, which I would like to repeat with pleasure, once I'm again in the zone.

The winery is located in a picturesque place Santa Maria village, surrounded by vineyards on the hills of La Morra. The estate owns 35 hectares of vineyards in Langhe and Asti zones, of which 16.5 are planted with #Nebbiolo for making Barolo and Barbaresco.

A little bit of a history. Oddero family began settling in the territory of La Morra since the 18th century. Giovanni Battista Oddero was the founder of the estate in the end of 18th century, then his sons Lorenzo and Luigi began to craft the wine there between the 18th and 19th centuries.

Those times Oddero started exporting their wines, first in small barrels and then in #bottles, thanks to first Giacomo Oddero. At the end of the 19th century Barolo Oddero was already exported to the US in small oak barrels. Other #Oddero wines were also quite popular on the local market in Italy.

Family's history continued with second Giacomo Oddero in the middle of 20th century, who renovated the ancient farm and house in the 50s, he also began to promote the quality and prestige of the wines of whole province's area. The estate run by Giacomo took on its current productive set up, extended #grape plantings, increased bottle production, and boost of a high quality renowned worldwide.

Nowadays Oddero estate is run by Giacomo's daughter Mariacristina and her children Isabella and Pietro, the seventh generation of the family. This new generation carefully keeps the traditions of their ancestors, but in the same time brings fresh air to Oddero's winemaking philosophy.

Before entering historical cellars, there is an interesting room, kind of museum of Oddero family, where they keep some amazing ancient winemaking tools, which their ancestors used to cultivate the land and make the #wine in those very old times, when there were no cars, but horses only, no automatic presses but pressing by feet only, so on and so forth. I can really hardly imagine how did they create their wines at those times.

A collection of ceramic plates with different designs is especially beautiful. As explained it's Giacomo's personal hobby, he likes and collects these ceramics.

A kind of ancient pump, which was moving manually, of course. Two people were standing on the sides of this machine and pumping a wine to transfer it from vessel to vessel, I think.

An old press, obviously was operating manually too.

Once entering the cellars, this is the first thing you see there, super bright big cement fermentation tanks. Simply love them.

The historical #cellar of the 18th century, where wines are aged and stored. For ageing of Barolo classico and individual crus of Barbaresco and #Barbera Oddero uses large casks made of Slavonian and French oak, the sizes vary depending on the quantity of the wine produced from every single cru.

Last year vintage 2018, Barolo from this cask will be released on the market in 2022 (far long yet to wait)

Barolo Brunate vintage 2017 should be introduced on the market in 2021 (closer perspective).

I like these particular casks very much. I saw same barrels design at Marchesi di Barolo, but there they were much older and not so much stylish like these beautiful ones at Oddero.

An amazing feeling of walking around all these #casks, where you can enjoy seeing some of the most famous wines in the world, which are starting their long live right here right now. In the cellars like this I always have a feeling same as a little kid in the huge hypermarket Toys'R'Us... well, you know what I mean.

This time cellars were especially exciting for me, as I do love Oddero Barolos, as they craft some of my favorite crus, like Brunate...

...Rocche di Castiglione...

...and Bussia.

Tasting space takes a part of an old family's farmhouse.

The style of Oddero Barolo is very mine, love them a lot. Intelligent, elegant and fascinating wines. They don't bombard you with #tannins and flavours (as some others do), instead they are very accurately but still strongly show you on the palate their power and potential. They are so complex and versatile on the nose, that you keep smelling the wine inside your glass and even forget that you need also to taste it... you just can keep enjoying those aromas endlessly, as every second they open you a new feeling. Awesome wines.

Barbera d'Alba DOC Superiore

Grapes: Barbera 100%

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 14,5%

Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on skins for about 10 days

Ageing: 16 months in large casks of French oak, later in bottle

Nose: red berries, cherry, blackberry, crushed pepper

Palate: soft tannins, pleasant acidity, fruity

This Barbera is made of the grapes grown in the vineyards of Castiglione Falletto and La Morra, on the hills of 230-250 m altitude. Very fresh wine, full of black fruits and red berries' flavours, young and juicy, with spicy hints typical for Barbera grapes. For the lovers of such this type of wine it's a great choice obviously.

Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza DOCG

Grapes: Barbera 100%

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 14,5%

Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on skins for about 15 days

Ageing: 16 months in large casks of French oak, later in bottle

Nose: red plum, strawberry, blueberry, coffee, dark chocolate

Palate: dry, round tannins, full body

The wine made from Barbera grapes grown in Nizza Monferrato vineyard on 250 m above sea level. Obviously different comparing with previous Barbera side by side, respectfully to special #terrior where the grapes been grown. More elegant, more specific character, more complex tannins and body.

Langhe Nebbiolo DOC

Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol: 14,5%

Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on skins for about 15 days

Ageing: min 1 year in different size oak casks, later in bottle

Nose: ripe raspberry, violet, dried leaves, wet stone

Palate: medium body, earthy

The vineyards with Nebbiolo for this wine are located in La Morra, Santa Maria Bricco San Biagio at 200 m altitude. This #Langhe Nebbiolo a very good wine, made of a perfect quality though. Red fruits, dried flowers and mushroom aromas bring this typical Nebbiolo-easy-recognizable flavor. Wine smart in its simplicity, with good texture. Has potential for ageing, however really nice for drinking in the first years after vintage.

Barolo DOCG

Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol: 14,5%

Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on skins for 20 days

Ageing: 30 month in Slavonian oak large casks, 6 months in bottle

Nose: wild strawberry, truffles, liquorice, dried rose

Palate: dry, full body

Classic Barolo of the family is made of the grapes from different crus: La Morra Santa Maria Bricco Chiesa at 200 m altitude and Castiglione Falletto Bricco Fiasco at 250 m above sea level. Those grapes are being vinified and aged separately, then blended in spring, bottled in the end of summer and then aged 6 month in the bottle before being released on the market. This #Barolo represents very well the zone of Langhe itself, as La Morra and Castiglione Falletto are two super different terriors: first is more elegant and second is more powerful, so blended together they give a classic product with typical Nebbiolo bouquet, hints of spices, intense and persistent. And don't forget about tannins, of course they are strong, but not harsh, so the wine is quite approachable.

Barolo Brunate DOCG

Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14,5%

Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on skins for 25 days

Ageing: 30 month in Slavonian oak large casks, 1 year in bottle

Nose: ripe cranberry, forest floor, graphite, dried rose

Palate: soft tannins, persistent, long finish

Brunate is one of my favorite lovely crus in Barolo and one of my favorites from Oddero's line up, they produce it only 2000 bottles per year (yes, hurry up to find it in your place). Brunate #cru is located in La Morra at 300 m altitude and gives the wine of extreme elegance, intelligence and finesse. Delicate red berries' aromas mixed with wet leaves and dried flowers, subtle texture and soft tannins make this Barolo #Brunate so much beautiful and enjoyable. Emotional and fascinating, I would even say this is a seductive wine, it captures you and never let you go away. Totally in love with it.

Barolo Bussia Vigna Mondoca DOCG Riserva

Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%

Vintage: 2013

Alcohol: 14,5%

Vinification: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on skins for 30 days

Ageing: 5 years in total, of which min 3 years in large oak casks, later in bottle

Nose: strawberry, balsamic, leather, tar

Palate: well-balanced, elegant tannins, complex

Bussia is another one of my favorite crus both in Barolo area and in Oddero's line up. Actually #Bussia is a quite large vineyard located around Monforte d'Alba at 380 m above sea level, there are some parcels inside with special dedicated names, like Vigna Mondoca. Riserva is being produced only in the best vintages and aged in the cellars in total 5 years in oak plus in bottle. Certainly it's a very complex wine demonstrating lots of secondary and tertiary aromas of dried flowers, chocolate, coffee, prunes, game, roasted nuts.... this list can be literally endless. Definitely a meditation wine, no food needed here, drink it just standalone to enjoy the full spectrum of feelings and emotions this perfect Barolo will share with you. And yes, it's already approachable even at its youth, and I imagine how beautiful it will develop during next 10-20 years.

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