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Oddero Barbaresco Gallina 2020


Antonio Galloni (Vinous):
“The 2020 Barbaresco Gallina is a very delicate, elegant wine that shows the finessed side of this Neive cru. Sweet floral and spice notes meld into a core of red/purplish fruit. Clean mineral notes extend the finish effortlessly. More than anything else, the Gallina is a wine of harmony and finesse more than size. Gorgeous.”
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Oddero, La Morra

Oddero is one of the great, historic, traditional Barolo houses with a long history spanning over 200 years. They have remained somewhat under-the-radar amongst the tier of traditional Baroli. 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.

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. Giacomo’s daughter Mariacristina joined the winery in 1997, but after a few years, she and Luigi 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 have taken over and represent the seventh generation in the family to run the winery.

Today, there are few estates in Barolo with as impressive a lineup of vineyard holdings as Oddero: Vigna Rionda, Rocche di Castiglione, Brunate, Villero, Bussia and others (most recently Monvigliero!). Overall, Oddero has 35 hectates planted with about half of that in Nebbiolo for Barolo and Barbaresco. Today, all of the Nebbiolo vineyards are also certified organic, with the balance of the vineyards in official conversion.

In the cellar, their Barolo and Barbaresco follow a traditional Nebbiolo protocol. The wines are fermented in stainless steel with usually a 20-25 day maceration followed by thirty to forty months depending on cru and vintage in large, neutral botti. The Odderos were one of the early adopters of Austrian oak (Stockinger) which are now more prevalent in some top Piedmontese cellars. Besides Barolo, they make a delicious Barbera d’Alba and an amazing Langhe Nebbiolo made entirely from Barolo-zoned fruit – both offering tremendous quality and value. Their straight Barolo is definitely a calling card for the winery, with an amazing value as well as its origins from 3 top Crus: Bricco Fiasco, Bricco Chiesa and Capalot.

The real flagship for Oddero, of course, are their vast array of top single-cru wines. These wines are produced in limited quantities and often held for several years in bottle before release. And their array of Grand Cru sites is virtually incomparable in all of Piedmont, and a veritable “Treasure Chest” for any serious lover of Barolo.

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