Back-Up The Truck: Barolo Edition - 2013 Oddero Barolo

Posted by Ian McFadden

The 2013 vintage represents a high-water mark for Oddero.

In recent vintages, we've been watching this traditionalist going from strength to strength. The wines have steadily grown more complicated and more detailed.

At this point, they represent the best value in traditional Barolo that we know of.

It's no surprise that everything came together for Oddero in 2013. The vintage in Piedmont produced wines of remarkable finesse, clarity and length. The 2013 vintage produced some of the best "normal" bottlings that we've tasted in the past decade. Examples like Brovia's basic Barolo and Oddero's on offer here really drive this home.

Oddero's 2013 Barolo dazzles with its subtle complexity, brilliantly clear silky texture, and overall harmony and precision. The aromatics are incredibly vivid and layered.

Ultimately, you'd be hard pressed to find a bottle from anywhere in the world that provides as much complexity, ageability and overall breeding for the price tag.

Oddero has been making Barolos for over 200 years. I strongly suggest that you check out Levi Dalton's I'll Drink To That! interview with Isabella Oddero for a very in-depth history of the estate and better understanding of Oddero in general.

It's obvious that people were taking notice of Oddero before the 2013. The wines are too compelling and too fairly priced for that not to happen. Still, 2013 represents a breakout vintage. Don't miss!

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits