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Luigi Oddero, 'Tradizionale' Barolo 2016
Italy / Red

Luigi Oddero, 'Tradizionale' Barolo 2016

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Tannins

The estate’s Barolo “Tradizionale” is a complex assemblage of various holdings (outlined below), the proportions of which change slightly from vintage to vintage; parcels are vinified and aged separately, with the final blend determined through tasting trials. 

The Oddero family, active in the Barolo wine trade since the 1800s, was among the first to commercialize wine from the zone, and through the years they amassed a staggering 70 hectares of land—with Nebbiolo di Barolo comprising over 50 hectares. 

As is always the case, however, the human side of the seam is far more subject to fraying. Luigi and his brother Giacomo co-owned the Oddero estate until 2006, when insurmountable tensions drove them apart, and 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.

Country
Italy
Sub-Region
Barolo
Region
Piemonte
Varieties
Nebbiolo
Farming
Organic
Soil
Limestone, clay and marl
Winemaking
Aged in large Slavonian oak barrels.