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Figli Luigi Oddero, Barolo “Vignarionda”Piedmont, Italy 2013 (750mL)

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Figli Luigi Oddero, Barolo “Vignarionda” Piedmont, Italy 2013 (750mL)

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“Certain wines leave no doubt that they are destined for greatness. This spectacular Barolo from the legendary Oddero family (and the famed “Vigna Rionda” cru) is one such wine.”

The Luigi Oddero family farms an impressive 35 hectares of vineyards throughout Barolo, with winemaking assistance coming from one of the most respected cellar men in the business: Dante Scaglione, the longtime right-hand-man to Barolo/Barbaresco legend Bruno Giacosa. Scaglione, now a legend in his own right, has been gradually passing the torch to a young rising star named Francesco Versio, a Barbaresco native who worked with him toward the end of his tenure at Giacosa. Couple this team with a vineyard like “Vigna Rionda” and it’s impossible to expect anything but excellence. 

Sourced from a single hectare of vines at about 350 meters’ elevation, the 2013 “Vignarionda” bottling spends a total of five years aging in barrel and bottle before release—36 months in “medium-sized French oak” and another 24 in bottle. It is effectively a riserva without being labeled as such, and it is instantly recognizable as a wine of incredible structure and refinement. The wine has an exquisitely perfumed nose of dried red and black cherry, red currant, blood orange, leather, sandalwood, tobacco, rose petals, pulverized stones, and so much more. It is a densely concentrated, very compact wine right now, with very fine-grained tannins—harmonious and beautifully constructed, but in need of a good hour in a decanter if you choose to enjoy a bottle soon. It has at least 20 more years of positive evolution ahead of it, without a doubt—a cornerstone for your cellar no matter what its size. 

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionPiedmont
  • Sub-RegionBarolo
  • SoilLimestone Marls w/ Sandstone
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendNebbiolo
  • Alcohol14%
  • OakNeutral Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2041
  • Decanting60 Minutes
  • PairingGorgonzola & Porcini Mushroom Risotto

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