Figli Luigi Oddero

Italy / piedmont

Producer Info

Since 1878 the Oddero family has been synonymous with tradition and high quality Nebbiolo wines from the Langhe’s top vineyards, and it was in 1951 when brothers Giacomo and Luigi Oddero began bottling their family’s wines.

In 2006, after fifty years of passionately tending the vine and making the wine (while Giacomo, a chemist, was more ‘front of house’), Luigi was obliged – unceremoniously – to leave the family domaine in La Morra and create his own label. He took with him his wife Lena, their young children Giovanni and Maria, as well as 32 hectare of prime vineyards, including Castiglione Falletto’s Rocche dei Rivera & Serralunga d’Alba’s Vigna Rionda. Luigi loved the land, his vines & was also an expert grower of peaches.

With Luigi’s loss in 2010, Lena Oddero (nata Gavrilova) is now managing the estate, aided by her faithful team of Francesco Versio, Alberto Gatto & Gregorio (winemaking), Alberto Zaccarelli (sales) & Dante Scaglione, ex Bruno Giacosa, consults. The wines are traditionally and respectfully made in stainless-steel & cement tanks, & then aged in large Gamba oak botti.Their fruit is grown in the villages of Treiso (for Barbaresco), La Morra, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba.

Wines

Dolcetto d’Alba, La Morra

Barbera d’Alba, La Morra

Langhe Freisa, La Morra

Langhe Nebbiolo

Barbaresco Rombone, Treiso

Barolo

Barolo Riserva Rocche dei Rivera, Castiglione Falletto

Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda, Serralunga d’Alba

Tasting Notes

2016 Langhe Bianco, La Morra – 13,5%, tasted May’18, only 1400 bts produced, the Chardonnay/Viognier blend from below the cantina itself, part fermented in tonneaux. Exotic limy zip, ananas, fine lees, distinctly white stone, white musky fragrance, very pretty, lemongrass & hay, fresher than the sultry 2015, very prim!

2015 Langhe Bianco – from vineyards just below the cantina, a blend of 75% Chardonnay & 25% Viognier, notable (Langhe/Luigi Oddero) mineral freshness, white stone musk, of grapefruit pith, melon ripe/round, cool bitter lemon, zip – very good, dangerously drinkable, sealed under stelvin, richly ananas! 1.3k bts

2017 Dolcetto d’Alba, La Morra – 100% Bettolotti La Morra fruit from below the cantina itself; 5k bottled in May’18; tasted post bottling (just!), inky violet, cool restraint, lovely violet petal fragrance, along with richer rum raisin choc, fresh crunch as you would hope, sapid poise, compact, delicious in a sinewy way!

2016 Dolcetto d’Alba, La Morra – bottled May’17, focus, depth, restrained violet notes, ash, compact, focused, plenty of material/robe, still tightly packed; more acidic/pacy than the sweet 2015. 5 k bts

2016 Barbera d’Alba, La Morra  – tasted May’18 from barrel, 14.8%, 5k bts, also from the Bettolotti vineyard, aged for 6-9 mths in 85HL botti, brooding earthy black strap licorice, seared meat, cracked black pepper, juicy, exciting/promising…

2015 Barbera d’Alba, La Morra  – 14.7%, tank sample, 55% Gamba french botte, 45% s/steel, good yr for Barbera in generale: this one’s particularly good, 100% La Morra (Santa Maria) fruit, kirsch, compact, quite serious, graphite, racy red cerise, ticks over, framed by oak but nicely so..

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo – bottled July ’17, 14/15 days maceration, 15 mths botte, then cement prior to bottling, 80% La Morra (Santa Maria), 20% Castiglione Falletto (Rocche dei Rivera); pretty fragolini, gioso, CF class, lovely nose, floral open, roses; to taste, puro, grasso/fleshy, sweet red fruit, compatto, fruit stone fruit, salty lick

2014 Langhe Nebbiolo – 14%, bottled Feb ’17, s/s 15 days then cement, La Morra & Castiglione Falletto (Rocche!), 2 mths in botte, yields at Barolo level in 2014! (56 hl/ha); pretty, slight, small red fruit & sandalwood, freshness, racy, ethereal, strawberry, quinine, skeletal, transaparent…

2015 Barbaresco Rombone, Treiso – 14.35%, bottled July ’17, still compact smoky red fruit, fragola, velvety, lush…the palate’s still very young (from bottling!), present with volume, yet pinched at the moment. Needs 6 mths to unravel!

2014 Barbaresco Rombone, Treiso – 14%, bottled Oct’16, 15 days s/s, 18 mths Gamba french 65HL, such refinement, delicate, rhubarb ethereal, firm but fine tannins, watery purity, refreshing, very happy in its own skin…a long Comet’s tail finish (to quote Jonah!)!

2007 Barbaresco (Rombone), Treiso – Pretty warm red orange, bright & limpido, Warm spice, cologne, quinine, a bowlful of lovely sweet red cassis, dried rose, fruit. Mandarin peel, crunchy, tonico, gorgeous roll of rose, sweet pretty little fruit, raspberry fruit, refreshing! Such fragranza e snello (slender!)

2014 Barolo – 14.4%, bottled July ’17, an indefatigable blend of 40% La Morra (Rive & Bettolotti), 30% Castiglione Falletto (mid slope Rocche Rivera), & 30% Serralunga d’Alba (vineyards Collaretto, Broglio & Baudana/Belvedere), 15 day later harvest than 2015, aged for 27 mths in 85 HL botti, fine, emphatic, yet tonic fresh strawberry, alpine herbs (Rucola!), cologne, tea-leaves, earthy rosehip, suave, fleshy, compelling, excellent tannin structure, salty, with drive, very exciting! (Figli Luigi Oddero felt 2014 was good enough to release the Crus!)

2013 Barolo – 40% La Morra, 30% Castiglione (Rocche), 30% Serralunga (Baudana & Broglio), 15 days, 24 mths Gamba French 60HL, full, square, closed, cerise, red cherry stone, spearmint, iron core & red cassis; a block, taut, salato, sinew, needs time in bottle!

2011 Barolo Specola, La Morra – a special wine, only c. 3k bts, also made in 2009 & not again until…2016?! from the vines just in front of the cantina, captures the La Morra Barolo character perfectly, drawing you in with its earthy, red cranberry, spice, cologne fresh; while the palate’s classically La Morra: fleshy, generous, open book, recalls Cerretta in Serralunga!

2014 Barolo Rocche Rivera Castiglione Falletto – 14%, from 20-25 yo vines, pH3.47, TA5.85, tasted July ’17 from tank, bella! Bright raspberry essence, suave, silky texture, lots of violet/rose fragrance in bocca, snello/slender, easy on the eye…tasted May’18 from (6 k bts) bottle; cool fresh rosewater scent, sandalwood, tea, musky even, transparent, pretty ethereal fruit, white stone, soft strawberry, cool rose, cologne, pulse, so slender…the best yet! Wow!!

2013 Barolo Rocche Rivera Castiglione Falletto – 14%, hard to read at this stage, sweet minty red currant cool, squarely structured, lots of material, fuller, more indietro/backwards, perhaps the result of spending one more year in wood vs. 2014…promising but packed, needs masses of time to unravel!

2012 Barolo Rocche Rivera Castiglione Falletto – broader, warm red fruit, velvety, generous, accessible, darker, richer, heavier bones, cleansing darker fruit, fleshier, classic 2012…needs time.

2011 Barolo Riserva Rocche dei Rivera Castiglione Falletto – across to the other side for this compact, perfumed, tonico, raspberry crunch, demanding, ethereal, water pure, 36 mths in botte; suave, morning sunny, weave, coiled…

2016 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda, Serralunga d’Alba – from 40HL botte, tasted July ’17, vinified 100% in wood, compact blueberry, fruit restraint, poise, lovely tannins, weight, finissimo, gioia! Exciting.

2014 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda, Serralunga d’Alba – tasted July’17 from tank, garrigues, strawberry, cupo, thyme, aged in 25HL botte, ferro/iron depth, immense, denso…

2012 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda Serralunga d’Alba – bottled June ’16, from 45 yo vines in the apex of the vineyard, pole position (next to Giovanni Rosso)! Lifted, exhilarating, low pH, high calc thrill! Such a scintillating perfume, pretty, gleaming cassis/redcurrant, sand & limestone, rich in iron, orange skin, a sweet spot, rosewater raciness & salty tears!

2011 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda Serralunga d’Alba – more translucent than the Rocche, tiny red cassis fruit, cologne fresh, suave, menthol, sinewy, weave…

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