Figli Luigi Oddero Barolo DOCG 2015

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Figli Luigi Oddero Barolo DOCG 2015
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Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation/Sub-Region Barolo DOCG
Grapes Nebbiolo
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Organically Grown

The Oddero family was among the first to commercially sell wine from Barolo, taking an active role in the region's wine trade since the 1800s. During that time they acquired an impressive 70 hectares of land, of which 50 ha are planted to nebbiolo. Luigi Oddero ran the family estate in La Morra for many years until tensions with his brother Giacomo (co-owner of the estate) resulted in the division of the family’s holdings in 2006. Giacomo kept the old cellar, and Luigi moved operations to the former winery of Luigi Parà, located a kilometer away in Santa Maria di La Morra. Luigi's wife, Lena, and two children Maria and Giovanni, took over upon his death in 2010, hiring Dante Scaglioni - winemaker for 25 years at legendary Bruno Giacosa - to oversee operations. Under Dante’s guiding hand, the wines of Figli Luigi Oddero have scaled new heights of elegance, complexity, and expression, and Dante is now in the process of gradually passing the torch to Francesco Versio, Italy’s 2015 “Young Winemaker of the Year”. This classic Barolo is a blend of fruit from parcels across Oddero’s extensive holdings in La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, and Serralunga d’Alba, with no chemicals used in the vineyards since 2014. Fermentation occurs spontaneously in cement vats, and aging takes place in huge used oak botti. Each parcel is vinified and aged separately, with tasting trials determining the final blend. The 2015 is a graceful, expressive bottling that retains its traditional character while offering great complexity and nuance. Soaring aromas of deep red fruit, warm spices, and hints of earth continue onto the palate, where incredible purity of fruit and a delectable note of savory salinity are wrapped up in luscious, warm tannin. This bottle deftly harmonizes freshness, depth, and power. Organically grown.