2015 Oddero Barolo Classico DOCG
Shipping Included on Six or More Bottles
This important La Morra producer goes from strength to strength with each successive vintage as the now-fourteen-year-old winemaking team of Mariacristina Oddero, enologist Luca Veglio, Cristina’s son Pietro and niece Isabella increases in confidence and accomplishment. As they’ve now worked with their incredibly rich assortment of terroirs for close to fifteen harvests, they’ve learned to tease the best out of each one, and a horizontal tasting through their single-cru wines is a journey to the very heart and soul of each. But equal attention is lavished on the Barolo they call the Classico, the traditional blended wine that was once the norm in the region. Rather than make it a catch-all for wines that don’t make it into the single vineyards, the Oddero Barolo Classico is very much its own wine. Sourced from the Bricco Chiesa site that surrounds the cantina in Santa Maria di La Morra, Capalot, just up the hill, and the famous Fiasco vineyard in Castiglione Falletto, this cuvee gets 30 months in Austrian and Slavonian casks of varying sizes and aged an additional six months before coming to market. An Oddero wine is always a serious wine, and the Barolo Classico, for all its relatively early drinkability, is very much a traditional Barolo lover’s dream. The family loves their 2015 vintage Barolos and the Classico portends a wonderful future. Rich with camphor, cedar, sandalwood and dried spice, there is a gorgeous core of red, red cherry fruit here, with floral, anise-y and truffle notes adding additional layers of flavor. The tannins that curl in on the finish serve to remind you that this Oddero Barolo is built for the long haul too! Complex, satisfying and still a terrific value, the 2015 Oddero Barolo Classico needs to find a home in your cellar. About 1000 cases made.
93+ points Monica Larner for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: This is a blend of three vineyard sites: Bricco Chiesa, Capalot (both in La Morra), and Fiasco (in Castiglione Falletto). This was a warm and dry summer by all accounts, but there is no evidence of jammy flavors here because the roots had access to good water reserves. The 2015 Barolo is a generous and accessible wine with lots of dark fruit and soft, succulent fruit flavors. Its signature leather and tobacco notes will likely develop with time. This "classico" Barolo is always a good match for red meat.
92 points Antonio Galloni: A blend of fruit from Chiesa, Capalot and Fiasco, Oddero's 2015 Barolo is vibrant, expressive and wonderfully inviting. Bright acids and lifted, floral notes lend a real sense of energy to this crystalline, super-finessed Barolo from Oddero. Translucent and weightless in the glass, but with good tannic grip, the 2015 has a ton to offer. This is a such gorgeous Barolo.
We still have several seats available for this Saturday evening’s dinner with Pietro Viglino-Oddero, Cristina’s son. We’ll be pouring, besides the 2015 Barolo, a host of other treasures and Pietro himself is a ton of fun! We hope you can make it! - JR