Figli Luigi Oddero

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: La Morra, Barolo
People: Oddero Family, Owners | Francesco Versio, Winemaker |Dante Scaglioni, Consultant
Viticulture: Certified Organic

Items

Figli Luigi Oddero 2017 Barbaresco, Rombone, DOCG Login AG 94 WE 93 WA 93 In Stock
Figli Luigi Oddero 2015 Barolo DOCG Login WE 95 In Stock
Figli Luigi Oddero 2016 Barolo DOCG Login WA 94+ WE 96 In Stock

For those capable of being awed by great wine’s ability to make the very grain of the earth itself tasteable, Oddero’s cellar offers a potential lifetime’s worth of enthralling elixir.

The Oddero family, active in the Barolo wine trade since the 1800s, was among the first to commercialize wine from the zone. Through the years they amassed a staggering 70 hectares of land—with Nebbiolo comprising over 50 hectares. These acquisitions proved to be remarkably prescient over time as Barolo’s stature and value have skyrocketed over the past thirty years. Keep in mind, though, that it was not exceptionally long ago that the area was mired in struggle; in the 1950s, a time when the price of a hectare of Dolcetto and a hectare of Nebbiolo here were roughly equivalent, the booming factories of Alba and Torino presented far more attractive job and lifestyle options for local youths than did the toil-intensive hillside vineyards of rural, rustic Barolo. Maintaining an estate of that size in such non-lucrative times required commitment, vision, and a great deal of hard work, and larger-than-life Luigi helmed his family’s operation for many years under these conditions.

Luigi and his brother Giacomo co-owned the Oddero estate until 2006, when insurmountable tensions drove them apart. The family holdings were divided roughly equally between the two. Giacomo retained the old cellar, and Luigi set up shop in the former winery of local figurehead Luigi Parà, barely a kilometer away in Santa Maria di La Morra. Luigi Oddero passed away in 2010, leaving behind his wife Lena, and their two children Maria and Giovanni, all of whom are involved with the management of the estate.

In 2012, Lena hired a man named Dante Scaglioni—a local who had worked for 25 years as the winemaker for the legendary Bruno Giacosa—and it is through Dante’s guidance that the estate’s wines have reached new heights of expressiveness and complexity, building upon the honest, blood-and-guts traditionalism that had always informed them. Today, Dante is in the process of a gradual torch-pass to his protégé Francesco Versio, who worked alongside him at Giacosa toward the end of his tenure there, and who garnered the Giulio Gambelli "Young Winemaker of the Year" award in 2015. The future of this enviably landed estate is gleaming.

Luigi Oddero’s complex and extensive holdings encompass vineyards in La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, and Serralunga d’Alba with smaller plantings in Barolo and Monforte d’Alba as well as a rented parcel in Treiso in Barbaresco—comprising 31 hectares in total, 21 of which are Barolo. In addition to their classic Barolo (a blend of many parcels), they produce several single cru wines: Specola (from the Rive cru in La Morra, just next to the winery); Rocche Rivera (from the pure-south-facing upper part of the Scarrone cru in Castiglione Falletto); and Vigna Rionda—a legendary Serralunga d’Alba cru widely considered one the greatest sites in all of Barolo.

Vineyard practices had been evolving toward a non-reliance on chemical treatments for some time, but under Dante and Francesco’s stewardship they have become steadfastly organic. 2014 was the last vintage chemicals were used, and in the years before that, they were only used sparingly. Nothing that happens in the winery is particularly flashy or sexy: fermentations proceed spontaneously and patiently in cement vats with maceration periods ranging from around 15 to 25 days based on the character of the vintage. Aging takes place in used oak botti varying in size between the large and the gargantuan.

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Reviews

  • Luigi Oddero 2017 Barbaresco, Rombone, DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (10/12/2020)

    Oddero’s 2017 Barbaresco Rombone is a fabulous wine from one of my favorite vineyards in Treiso. Rich and expansive, with superb balance, the 2017 captures the natural power of this site while also capturing quite a lot of finesse, which is not easy here. Sweet red berry fruit, mocha, spice and dried flowers all flesh out as this sumptuous Barbaresco shows all it has to offer. Impressive.
  • Luigi Oddero 2015 Barolo DOCG
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 95 (10/1/2019)

    Camphor, rose, brown spice and wild herb aromas mingle with an earthy whiff of new leather. Round and juicy, the savory palate doles out raspberry compote, ripe Morello cherry, star anise and cinnamon alongside polished tannins. Delicious and already approachable, it will also provide years of enjoyment. Drink through 2025.
  • Luigi Oddero 2016 Barolo DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94+ (7/23/2020)

    The Figli Luigi Oddero 2016 Barolo is a wine of enormous depth and character. It delivers the best of the Nebbiolo playlist with sultry dark fruit at its core followed by lifted or high-toned aromas of dark spice, licorice, candied orange peel and spent embers. The aromatic intensity of the wine is fitted to the underlying power and focused tightness of the mouthfeel. This classic Barolo represents a blend of fruit from four sites spread over three comuni: Rive in La Morra, Scarrone in Castiglione Falletto and both Baudana and Broglio in Serralunga d'Alba.
  • Luigi Oddero 2017 Barbaresco, Rombone, DOCG
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 93 (10/1/2020)

    Mature black-skinned fruit, rose, eucalyptus and dark spice aromas emerge in the glass. Juicy and elegantly structured, the savory palate doles out raspberry, strawberry compote and star anise accompanied by taut, refined tannins. It has surprising freshness for the scorching vintage. Drink 2022–2029.
  • Luigi Oddero 2016 Barolo DOCG
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 96 (9/1/2020)

    Perfumed berry, pine-forest, rose and menthol aromas mingle together on this fragrant, stunning red. It's classically crafted, full bodied and loaded with finesse, delivering juicy red cherry, crushed raspberry, mint and star anise set against taut refined tannins. It's nicely balanced, with bright acidity and youthful tension. Drink 2022–2031.
  • Luigi Oddero 2017 Barbaresco, Rombone, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (7/23/2020)

    This estate is based in Santa Maria di La Morra (in the Barolo appellation), although one of its historic vineyard holdings is located in the adjacent Barbaresco appellation. The Figli Luigi Oddero 2017 Barbaresco Rombone draws its fruit from a 2.5-hectare site in Treiso at an ideal 290 meters above sea level. The wine presents a pretty, open-knit bouquet with dark berry fruit, crushed flowers, tar and some dusty-earthy aromas. Licorice-like aromas also stand out. The tannins are well played in this warm vintage and appear well integrated into the fiber of the wine.