Oddero Villero Barolo 2016
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. The Oddero estate is one of the first to bottle Barolo. Not only that; their Barolo vineyards are now certified organic.
The Oddero Villero Barolo should be admired on a shelf for a few more years, and when you can't wait any longer, decant it for at least an hour while you prepare a grilled pizza with black, oil-cured olives, plum tomato, thick mozzarella slices, all brushed with EVOO and sprinkled with flaky sea salt. The pairing is other-worldly. Duck confit raviolis in an oxtail broth is another memorable pairing. Not craving meat? Not a problem; a risotto made with ceps mushrooms is perfect for this Piedmontese red, as are sauteed sweetbreads with grilled, shaved fennel and caramelized cippoline onions. We're not done yet! Fill your glasses once (or twice) more and enjoy them with an Italian Boschetto al tartufo cheese. You'll be glad you did.
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "Starting off with the 2016 Barolo Villero, you get an open-knit but very precise expression in which the Nebbiolo grape is able to show its delicate nuances of wild cherry, rose hip, pressed violet and cola. The wine is silky and graceful. This Villero hits all the magic spots in the classic 2016 vintage. It should be exciting to chart its progression over time. Drink 2023-2045." July 2020
Winery: "A strong and well-rounded wine, Barolo Villero reflects a soil richer in clay and limestone than that of Rocche di Castiglione, located in the same town. The bouquet offers intriguing and dense scents of violet, red fruits, cocoa and liquorice. The complex tannic texture displays a delicate sweet finish."
30 months in 40HL oak casks; 12 months further refining in bottle
|Region||Barolo, Piedmont, Italy|
|Production||Limited to 334 dozen|