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    Oddero Dolcetto d'Alba 2019

    Oddero Dolcetto d'Alba 2019

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    If you are not familiar with this wine, it can be a real surprise. It’s always been the table grape of the Barolo hills, drunk in the autumn together with seasonal pears and boiled chestnuts from the nearby Alpine valleys. Gianni Brera, the noted journalist of the Guerin Sportivo weekly and La Repubblica daily, wrote to Oddero in a letter dated August 1979: I’ve uncorked a few of your bottles. The Dolcetto enchanted me. It is very solid, serious but not stern.
    Attractive appearance with an intense ruby-red color with purple hints, a vinous aroma, sometimes fruity, and a dry taste with a full body and a pleasant touch of bitterness

    Producer

    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. It was Giacomo Oddero (born 1926) and his brother Luigi (born 1928) who brought the winery into the modern era. They renovated their ancient farmhouse, elevated their wine quality, and extended their vineyard holdings. For years, the estate has quietly sold a good portion of their wines to a loyal clientele, much of it to restaurants in Italy. As such, they have remained somewhat under-the-radar amongst the tier of traditional Baroli.
    Giacomo’s daughter Mariacristina joined the winery in 1997 after studying Agronomic Science and Enology at the University of Torino. But after a few years, she and Luigi, both very strong-headed characters, had a challenging time working together and decided to separate. She kept the historic cellars in La Morra and much of the historic vineyards, and he formed his own winery in 2006, called Luigi Oddero e Figli. Today, Mariacristina’s son Pietro and niece Isabella are taking over and represent the seventh generation in the family to run the winery. They are both hugely committed to raising the reputation of the winery and have made significant investments in the vineyards and cellar to really push the level of quality at this venerable estate.
    Today, there are few estates in Barolo with as impressive a lineup of vineyard holdings as Oddero from legendary Crus such as Vigna Rionda and Rocche di Castiglione to Brunate, Villero, Bussia and others (most recently Monvigliero!). Today, all of the Nebbiolo vineyards are also certified organic, with the balance of the vineyards in official conversion.

    Long time ago finished bottles of Oddero past vintages - 1962, 1964 & 1958.

    Region

    Arguably the greatest wine region in Italy, Piemonte provides a heady confluence of wine, food and scenery that many other regions can only aspire too. Picture autumn, deep in white truffle season, the still snow-capped mountains frame the rolling hills dotted with quaint township slowly appearing out of the regions famous ‘Nebbia’, the fog after which the regions most famous grape variety is named. We speak of course of Nebbiolo, which reaches its apex in the stellar Piemonte regions of Barolo and Barbaresco and provides great value elsewhere across the great Langhe. From the floral, frizzante Moscato d’Asti through to stunning savoury wines of Gavi, Roero Arneis and Favorita (the local term for Vermentino), the white varieties are covered admirably. Barbera and Dolcetto compete with Nebbiolo for attention the reds and provide superb drinking and lesser known varieties such as Freisa and the ethereal Pelaverga can be stunning in the right hands. But Barolo and Barbaresco rule the roost, with superbly perfumed red wines that cellar for decades. Top producers to look for include Gaja, Giacomo Conterno, Bartolo Mascarello, Guiseppe Mascarello, Guiseppe Rinaldi, Vietti, Bruno Giacosa, Massolino, G.B. Burlotto, Vajra, and Paolo Scavino. Local Knowledge: When choosing Barolos, producer is key but our pick of the top six Barolo vineyards are: Brunate, Cerequio, Rocche di Castiglione, Monprivato, Rocche dell’Annunziata and Vigna Rionda, closely followed by Francia and Villero.

    Specifications

    • Cellaring

      5-10 Years
    • Varieties

      Dolcetto
    • Vintage

      2019
    • Alcohol Content

      14%
    • Farming Practice

      Organic
    • Closure

      Cork
    • Bottle Size

      750ml
    Organic

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