Oddero continues to fly somewhat under the radar though with thier vineyard holdings in some of the top crus being produced in a fairly traditional style one has to wonder why that still is. The quality here can be a bit variable, due in part to the variety of crus, as well as the winemaking, which has varied a bit in the past for various wines. Today all the crus undergo malo in barrique before being transferred to large format wood while the Classico Barolo sees only large format wood. These are wines that almost always have surprised on the upside after cellaring, turning out quite elegant.

2009 Oddero Barolo Classico

From vineyard in Chiese, Fiasco, and Capalot

This sees 60 days with cappelllo somersso and large format wood.  The crus see about 27 days followed by malo in barrique and a year in botte.

Light incense on the nose tops sweet raspberry and dusty cherry fruit aromas that pick up a cooked hot red soil, with an almost bricky and metallic tone to it. This is soft and almost lazy in the mouth, with decent tannin though this lacks focus in the mouth. There are nice flavors on the palate but this is not special, with a short finish in a style that is a bit clumsy. 86pts

2008 Oddero Barolo Classico

No cappello sommerso, 28 days fermentation.  Cappello sommerso only used when the vintage allows for full ripeness of stems and seeds

Much more perfumed than the 09 with the same profile rich with soil tones, licorice, rose petals, and a nice deep green anise seed savoriness and minty top notes. Again this is a bit soft, and a bit round in the mouth with a opulence that's unusual for the vintage This shows fine depth, very classic Classico, rich with great follow through, nice tannic cut and red fruit on the finale. 88pts

2009 Oddero Barolo Villero - Castiglione Falletto

High toned and soil driven on the nose, which is a bit smoky with subtle, stemmy herb notes and a base of clay. Direct and aromatic on entry is a soft and opulent style that is fruit driven. This has a seamless fell to it but is lacking some energy in the mouth. There’s a rich core with big slightly leathery tannins that lead to a bright finish with impressive cut and fine complexity but again it lacks some energy. 89pts

2008 Oddero Barolo Villero - Castiglione Falletto

Tight and herbal on the nose with hints of rose petals and sweet bay leaf, over tight, focused rusty red fruits. This is a bit tight on entry but it shows lovely focus, with significant potential for complexity. Lively and long on the palate this shows great freshness to the tannins which build on the plum skin toned finish. 90pts

2009 Oddero Barolo Rocche - Castiglione Falletto

A little reticent on the nose but this builds fine tobacco notes, over great lingonberry fruit that shows a little wood sweetness, cigar box, and a little sweet Cognac cream note.  Clear, firm, austere and bright in the mouth with red fruit cut by mineral notes in a powerful yet precise style. The tannins are ripe if just a touch bitter perhaps, though the are very well integrated with the black cherry fruit on the long, elegant finish.  93pts

2008 Oddero Barolo Rocche - Castiglione Falletto

A nice herbal edge shows up early on the nose followed by a fair amount of oak and leather. This is a bit soft with black fruit in the mouth in a fairly tannic, broad and low in the mouth style that is dark and muscular. It a bit small scaled, this none the less delivers lovely bitter black cherry fruit with a touch of a wild, animale character to it. 89pts

2008 Oddero Barolo Brunate - La Morra

Fresh if perhaps slightly fudgy on the nose which shows lots of ripe fresh fruit, a little smoky accent and a tight slightly vegetal floral topnote with lots of incipient tobacco character. In the mouth this is very fresh and a little tight, with good acids and nice abundant but ripe tannins supporting deep fresh if dark berry fruit, almost a little. Boysenberry. This finishes with power and depth delivering clean and bright fruit with excellent soil tone accents. A  very complete wine. 93pts

2006 Oddero Barolo Brunate - La Morra

This and Bussia 2006 are being released this year

Tight and showing some woody spice sweetness on the nose along with hints of a fudge and camphor framing ripe cherry pit fruit. Here the tannins are starting to show some softness. This is rich and powerful with an elegance, firm tannin, and a savory finish, that remains firm, clear and youthful, if tight, with big tannins. This has a beautifully spiced nose with an attractive incense character. 93pts

2006 Oddero Barolo Bussia - Monforte

Soil, leather, and spiced black cherry fruit greet the nose topped with a bit of cocoa, rose petal and baked peach pie. Air reveals a bit of VA here along with a huge leather note, tinges of balsamic, and a touch of game. Really a killer nose with super complexity. This is big and rich on the palate with dark clear fruits that show a bit of herbal/vegetal character in a root vegetable kind of way along with great fennel notes. With a long ripe finish, dusty tannins, and fine extraction of  clear black fruit this is a resounding success. 94pts

2005 Oddero Barolo Vigna Rionda - Serralunga

What a gorgeous nose with fine, focused rose notes along with tobacco, a little spice, mineral, a touch of flint, blood and aged beef all coming together. This shows a tight and focused feel though it is fairly open on the midpalate but with tight tannins that through a net over the finish, which does shows a touch of heat. The flavors of red fruits on the palate gain a little smoky edge to them and while this is a bit reticent, and perhaps slightly small scaled, the balance is compelling, lending this a bit of a regal feel. 92pts