Oddero Barolo Rocche Di Castiglione 2006 Front Label
Oddero Barolo Rocche Di Castiglione 2006 Front Label

Oddero Barolo Rocche Di Castiglione 2006

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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RP 92
Robert Parker's 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.
WS 92
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.
WE 90
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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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.

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The center of the production of the world’s most exclusive and age-worthy red wines made from Nebbiolo, the Barolo wine region includes five core townships: La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba, Castiglione Falletto and the Barolo village itself, as well as a few outlying villages. The landscape of Barolo, characterized by prominent and castle-topped hills, is full of history and romance centered on the Nebbiolo grape. Its wines, with the signature “tar and roses” aromas, have a deceptively light garnet color but full presence on the palate and plenty of tannins and acidity. In a well-made Barolo wine, one can expect to find complexity and good evolution with notes of, for example, strawberry, cherry, plum, leather, truffle, anise, fresh and dried herbs, tobacco and violets.

There are two predominant soil types here, which distinguish Barolo from the lesser surrounding areas. Compact and fertile Tortonian sandy marls define the vineyards farthest west and at higher elevations. Typically the Barolo wines coming from this side, from La Morra and Barolo, can be approachable relatively early on in their evolution and represent the “feminine” side of Barolo, often closer in style to Barbaresco with elegant perfume and fresh fruit.

On the eastern side of the Barolo wine region, Helvetian soils of compressed sandstone and chalks are less fertile, producing wines with intense body, power and structured tannins. This more “masculine” style comes from Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. The township of Castiglione Falletto covers a spine with both soil types.

The best Barolo wines need 10-15 years before they are ready to drink, and can further age for several decades.

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area, as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piedmontese villages of Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Somm Secret—If you’re new to Nebbiolo, start with a charming, wallet-friendly, early-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba.

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