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Luigi Oddero Barolo 2009

Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
  • WE95
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  • WS90
14.5% ABV
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4.0 12 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Thie wine is bright garnet red wine. With the passing of time goes towards brick nuances with rich and complex bouquet with notes of forest, herbs, dry flowers, liquorices and pine. Long and persistent finish.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
This gorgeous Barolo offers a fragrance of dried rose petal and cherry along with balsamic notes, leather and freshly turned soil. The palate delivers rich red cherry, white pepper, clove and carob nuances. It’s structured, elegant and beautifully balanced by fresh acidity and firm but elegant tannins. It will continue to develop more complexity over the next decade.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Barolo sees fruit sourced from various townships and presents a masculine note of musky spice and leather in front of dried cherry and cassis. A zesty touch of acidity brings levity and energy to the mouth and helps to bring an extra kick of brightness to the finish. The wine boasts age-worthy qualities but probably shouldn’t be put away for too long. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
JS 92
James Suckling
Wonderful aromas of orange peel, flowers and dark fruits follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a chewy finish. Plenty of fruit here for the vintage.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Displays sappy cherry and licorice notes, with a hint of menthol and tobacco, showing a well-toned rather than muscular structure. Sweet fruit and spice accents grace the finish.
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Luigi Oddero

Luigi Oddero

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Luigi Oddero, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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Luigi Oddero is a historical winery from La Morra in Piemonte, one of the patriarchs of Barolo, which was already producing wines with a proper label back in 1878. The story of the family dates back to the 19th Century when the brothers Luigi and Lorenzo, winegrowers and oenologists stared vinifying Barolo, Dolcetto and Barbera wines. Now the estate is guided by Lena Oddero, the wife of the last Luigi Oddero who is preserving this important heritage for his children Giovanni and Maria, the next generation and the future of this small but important winery, part of the history of Barolo and Piemonte.

The wines are aged according to the traditional methods in big barrels in the oldest part of the winery, the walls have more than 300 years, the optimal level of humidity makes it a perfect place for the conservation of the wine and for long aging.

The vineyards of Luigi Oddero are dislocated in different areas and have exceptional positions, Oddero has part of some of the most important cru of Barolo as Vigna Rionda at Serralunga and Rocche Rivera at Castiglione Falletto.

Home to the world’s most powerful wines made from the Nebbiolo grape, the Barolo village of Piedmont has long been known as “the wine of kings, the king of wines.” There are two predominant soil types here, which distinguish Barolo from neighboring Barbaresco as well as from the lesser surrounding areas. Compact and fertile Tortonian sandy marls define the vineyards to the west, typically resulting in fresher, fruitier, and softer wines that are approachable relatively early on in their evolution. This is sometimes referred to as the “feminine” side of Barolo and is closer in style to Barbaresco with its elegant perfume. On the eastern side of the region, Helvetian sandstone clay soils are chalkier and less fertile, producing age-worthy wines with full body and structured tannins—the more “masculine” style. The best Barolo wines need 10-15 years before they are ready to drink, and can further age for several decades.

Barolo is one of the world’s most distinctive red wines, and experienced tasters typically have no trouble picking it out of a lineup. In addition to Nebbiolo’s signature “tar and roses” aroma, one can expect to find complex notes of strawberries, cherries, leather, white truffles, anise, fresh and dried herbs, tobacco, violets, plum, and much more. Despite its deceptively light garnet color, Barolo has a full presence on the palate and plenty of tannin and acidity. The traditional style of Barolo relies on the use of neutral large wooden vats for aging, which do not impart flavor to the wine and preserve the natural character of the Nebbiolo grape. Meanwhile, a more modern, “international” style of Barolo utilizes small French oak barrels to add spicy, woody flavors and a softer texture resulting in earlier drinkability.


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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area as well as in neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it is at its best in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo and Barbaresco. Nebbiolo is a finicky grape, and needs a very particular soil type in order to thrive. Outside of Italy, it often fails to show the captivating aromas for which it is so beloved, but some success has been achieved in parts of California.

In the Glass

Nebbiolo is an elegant variety with mouthwatering acidity and a compelling perfume of rose petals, violets, fresh tar, licorice, clay, and dried cherries. Light in color and body, Nebbiolo is a more powerful wine than one might expect, and its firm tannins typically need time to mellow. With age, it develops a velvety texture and a stunningly complex bouquet.

Perfect Pairings

Nebbiolo’s love affair with food starts in Piedmont, which is home to the Slow Food movement and some of Italy’s best produce. The region is famous for its white truffles and wild boar ragu, both of which make for excellent pairings with Nebbiolo.

Sommelier Secret

If you can’t afford to drink Barolo and Barbaresco every night, try the more wallet-friendly, earlier-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba. Also search out the fine offerings of the nearby Roero region. North of the Langhe and Roero, find earthy and rustic versions of the variety (known here as “Spanna”) in Ghemme and Gattinara.

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