Estate: As far back as anyone can recall, the Oddero family has always been living and farming in the La Morra region of Piemonte, northwestern Italy. Documents confirm that in the late 1700’s Giovanni Battista Oddero was winemaking at the estate. In the 1950’s, pioneering patriarch Giacomo Oddero transformed the estate and elevated not only his wines but those of the entire Province of Cuneo. He increased the estates holdings to 35 hectares of small, distinct plots that stretch across a wide zone from La Morra to Serralunga d’Alba. Dynamic and driven he was also the region’s Assessor of Agriculture, authoring “many of the procedural guidelines called disciplinare that gave wines of the Langhe and Roero their DOC and later DOCG certifications”.
Today it is Giacomo’s daughter, Mariacristina, who carries on his legacy, along with her son Pietro and niece Isabella. The estate is famed organically and is renowned for its Barolo and Barbaresco wines.
The Mondoca vineyard is located in Monforte d’Alba within the Bussia MGA [menzioni geografiche aggiuntive] or cru, 380 meters above sea level with southwestern exposure. From Oddero: “Its soil is Miocene-Serravallian and has yellow, sandy swaths of soil that are more or less compact, and white Diano sandstone (compact sands solidified with natural “cements” like calcium carbonate from marine waters). At the highest point of the vineyard, its “backbone,” the soil is white, dusty, and poor in nutrients. In the summer it is prone to drought due to poor organic matter in the soil; it looks almost like the arid surface of the moon, its whiteness reflecting the sun. When the temperatures rise, the vines often undergo stress due to lack of water, and it seems that only Nebbiolo has the strength to grow here.” Aged in large [30Hl] oak barrels for approximately 36 months.
Tasting Notes: Garnet with a trace of brick along the edge, with aromas of rose, tarry earth, summer woods and spice. Silky layers of black cherry, black currant, raspberry, sandalwood, crushed black pepper and a vein of tarry earth are framed by firm tannins and fresh acidity. Plum, baked cherry, cigar box spice, cedar and a trace of rose petal linger on the plush finish. Sumptuous, elegant, velvety, superbly balanced.
Estate Bottled by Fratelli Oddero
$140 [Average Price]