Poderi Oddero Barolo Rocche Di Castiglione 2006
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Ruby-red color with pale garnet tinges, balsamic aromas, notes of liquorice and chocolate accompanied by a pleasant mix of small red fruits. Soft and enveloping tannins.
Wine Spectator - "A firm, chewy style, loaded with cherry, licorice, sandalwood and resin aromas and flavors. There's nothing fancy here, just full-bore, straight-ahead Nebbiolo. Needs time."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione shows wonderful richness, density and inner perfume in its dark red fruit. It is a surprisingly muscular Barolo from this site, with terrific balance and plenty of depth to support many years of cellaring. Floral, spiced notes are wrapped around the long, sensual finish. With more time in the glass, the open, perfumed quality of Rocche comes through even more clearly. To be sure, this remains a powerful, austere wine in need of significant time in bottle, but it is highly promising. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036."
Wine Enthusiast - "Oddero is one of the most important historic brands in the Langhe and the Rocche di Castiglione Barolo highlights this legacy very nicely. The wine is redolent of wild berries, plums, spice, white truffle and cherry liqueur. It’s an elegant, tonic wine with a garnet and amber coloring."
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Poderi Oddero Winery
This winery was founded in 1878, in the area of Santa Maria, a hamlet of La Morra. It is one of the oldest producers of Barolo, a family that has kept the distinctive traditional style of winemaking for over a century. Over the generations, the Oddero family has gradually expanded its vineyards to today's impressive 60 hectares, many of which lie in the illustrious Barolo vineyards of Brunate, Rocche di Castiglione, Villero and Mondoca di Bussia. Since 2001, with the help of young and talented winemaker Luca Vaglio, Oddero winery has become one of the leading producers in Barolo. View all Poderi Oddero Wines
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.