**Note: Parker’s Wine Advocate just reviewed over 200 Baroli from the 2019 vintage for their Piedmont report. Of all the appellation level Barolos, this was tied for the #1 highest rated and will likely find its way into a Top 100 list or two come the end of the year. By then, it’ll be gone. But for now… 48 bottles are up for grabs. No further discounts apply.
Oddero has been a consistent pioneer in the Barolo space, beginning over 144 years ago when they were the first to choose to not sell their wine in bulk but instead bottle it and put the winery name on it starting with the 1878 vintage.
In the 1920s they took quality to the next level, creating the first ‘cru’s – small parcels farmed for individual character much like the great vineyards of Burgundy. Many much larger wineries have since followed the Oddero playbook.
Their wines – made in tiny amounts are feverishly collected by Barolo fans, but they are imported in tiny amounts since there is such a small amount to go around. We’ve been one of the few to consistently get our hands on their bottlings but the amounts are so small, I usually just hand sell them to a few of our biggest Nebbiolo buyers. This year, we got slightly more than that – but don’t expect these to be in-house for too long.
The 2019 vintage was spectacular in Barolo and in news that should surprise nobody, Oddero’s baseline Barolo is one of the very best made. Decanter gave the vintage a perfect 5/5 and talked about how it was a much less diluted vintage its predecessor. They also rained down a 93-point score on the Oddero which they called, “a very stylish Barolo”. Parker’s Wine Advocate threw the gauntlet down though with their own 95-point score, which will make this a tough bottle to secure.
“This is another stellar set of wines from Mariacristina and Isabella Oddero. The 2019s spent about 25 days on the skins, with natural fermentations. Aging was 24-26 months in cask, followed by a period in cement or steel before bottling. These precise, classically built Barolos continue to impress. Moreover, prices remain exceptionally fair.” -Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“These are the best wines I have tasted from Oddero. I have had my eyes on this winery for decades, honestly, and I still remember the magical understanding I experienced as a young wine novice across from a bottle of aged Barolo made by Oddero on one of my first trips to Piedmont. Many changes have occurred over the years with regards to this brand. But Mariacristina Oddero and her children have forged forward nonetheless, following an ambitious search for the best cru sites and an overhaul at the winery that prizes elegance and weightlessness in her wines.” – Monica Larner, Parker’s Wine Advocate
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95 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2019 Barolo opens to a lean appearance with a very vibrant Nebbiolo color that shines with dark ruby highlights. There is dried cherry and candied fruit aromas on the bouquet. Those fruit layers cede to light spice, lilac and campfire ash. The beauty in this wine is the extreme balance achieved in this classic vintage. It delivers on all levels: intensity, length and joy. The fruit represents a blend of four MGS sites: Bricco Chiesa and Capalot in La Morra, Fiasco in Castiglione Falletto and Monvigliero in Verduno.
93 Points, Decanter
Mostly a fruity Barolo with red currant and pomegranate aromas, and whiffs of rose and orange peel, there is good concentration on the palate here with savoury and delicious velvety tannins, a ripe finish, and lifted acidity. A very stylish Barolo.
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98 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – 96 Points, Vinous
The 2019 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is just superb, with layers of pure fruits and spices interwoven with vibrant cherry liqueur, candied roses, incense, and baking spice. Harmonious and balanced from the start, it offers ripe tannins, a seamless spine of fresh acidity, and fantastic length that leaves me wanting more. As it opens, it reveals more nuanced notes of apricot and saline earth. An outstanding medium to full-bodied red, this is one to cellar for a few years, as it has a ways to go before its full spectrum is revealed.”
94 Points, Decanter – 93 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 93 Points, James Suckling
Massolino’s inaugural effort is superb. Typical of the very finest Nebbiolo, floral elements dominate the nose, here violets & rose with a touch of dark candy sweetness. The tannins are obvious but supple and refined, making this wine a much more approachable in its youth than you might expect. The 94 point Decanter review is worth reading below. Like most other Barbarescos from top vineyard sites, I expect these wines to reach firmly into the three figures in no time.