- Oddero Barbera d'Alba 2011 Product #28605 (In Stock)
The go-to producer of our go-to varietal for refreshing, food friendly, fun has fully captured the potential of the outstanding 2011 Barbera harvest in Piemonte. What makes 2011 so exciting for Barbera is how the hot summer days delivered more black cherry and blackberry fruit than usual while the cool nights retained classic levels of acidity and freshness. While the best examples (like this one) will do nicely in your cellar for a few years, there’s no reason to delay gratification beyond the time it takes you to get home from the store.
Here you’ll find generous aromas of juicy black and red fruit plus a handful of crushed violets and the barest hint of smoke. Take a sip and you’ll love the super smooth, almost slick, texture and big flavors of crushed berries, black cherry, licorice and subtle sweet spice. The fresh, juicy, finish will keep pulling you back for another sip and I suspect you’ll find yourself saying “Yum” a lot as the bottle drains. Even though it’s delicious by itself, where this bright Barbera shines is at table with sausage, roast chicken, grilled pork, and – of course – pizza or pasta. A do not miss stunner.
- Oddero Barolo Normale 2010 Product #29240 (In Stock)
Like many of the best 2010 Barolo, this is a touch shy on the nose right now, but the subtle aromas of strawberry, cherry, flower petals, tar and sweet spice build with air. In the mouth, I love the texture - a silky middleweight midpalate and the very fine-grained, if powerful, tannins on the back that start like silk and finish like velvet. The flavors - like the aromas - build with air to reveal lovely strawberry and red plum fruit with plenty of rose petal, tobacco, and tar all framed by a pretty note of sweet spice. Lay this down for 5 years and you'll be very, very, happy.
"Very pretty aromas and flavors of dried strawberries and plums follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and an intense finish. ItÍs all in the finish here. Needs at least five years to come together. Impressive structure. Best blended Barolo ever from here." James Suckling 95 points
No. 39 on 2014 Wine Spectator Top 100! "Lushly textured, this red cuts a rich swath of spicy plum and cherry flavors, with accents of leather and tobacco, until the beefy tannins corral all the elements on the finish. Balanced on the tannic side, this should find equilibrium with time. Best from 2018 through 2033. 3,000 cases made."Wine Spectator 93 points
- Oddero Barolo Brunate 2010 Product #29254 (In Stock)
From a tiny, 1 acre, plot in La Mora's outstanding Brunate vineyard, this delivers much more concentration and intensity than Oddero's fine 2010 Normale. The 50-60 year-old vines were hand harvested in early October, manually destemmed, and given a warm fermentation and 25 day maceration. Aging in smaller, 20 hectoliter, casks helped soften Brunate's massive structure a bit, but this still needs at least 10 years in cellar to really shine.
“Underbrush, intense rose petal, rosemary, grilled herbs and red berry scents leap from the glass. Polished and almost pulsating with energy, the palate displays succulent red cherry, sage, leather, cinnamon and white pepper alongside supple tannins and vibrant acidity. Drink after 2020 for more complexity.”Wine Enthusiast 95 points
“Expressive and forward, offering cherry, tar, menthol and spice accents. The tannins are dense and grippy, but this finds equilibrium in the end. Sweet at the core, but needs time to fully emerge. Best from 2018 through 2032.”Wine Spectator 93 points