The Don't Miss 2016 Barolo:
2016 Oddero Barolo Villero

Posted by Ian McFadden

This is one of the 2016 Barolos that I've been waiting a long time to get my hands on.

I tasted the 2016 Villero during my visit to Piedmont last fall and was blown away. Tasting through the 2016 Barolos and Barbarescos really drove home what an important vintage it is. Even in the context of a great vintage, Oddero's Villero left a deep impression. 

At $69.95 in 4-packs, the 2016 Villero offers an elite level of winemaking that you rarely encounter at the sub-$100 mark. 

In recent vintages, Oddero has gone from strength to strength. Many Barolo fanatics would place Oddero in the same realm as the region's greats. We wholeheartedly concur with Antonio Galloni when he writes: "Readers who enjoy fine, classically built wines will want to check out Oddero."

Their 2016s are stunning. Across the range, they present a soil soaked honesty married to incredible detail and purity of fruit. The 2016 Villero jumps out from the lineup due to its intensity, fortress-like structure, and overall composition. 

Villero is one of the top sites of Barolo’s Castiglione Falletto commune – right up there with Monprivato or Rocche di Castiglione. The Villero cru faces southwest and has mostly clay soil, which gives the wines their sense of muscle, as well as their boldness and plush fruit, flower, and earth. 

In 2016, you get a dream brew of depth, verve, and clarity. You get power, clear terroir imprints, and a cool, bright profile. In short, it possesses ripe vintage concentration with cool vintage finesse and precision.

When the dust settles, Oddero's 2016 Villero will look like one of the smartest buys of the vintage. It's very clear that pricing hasn't caught up with the quality coming out of Oddero. In a vintage like 2016, it makes the Villero a don't miss wine. 

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "Black cherry, cloves, melted road tar, licorice and leather all run through Oddero's 2016 Barolo Villero. Deep on the palate with huge swaths of tannin, the Villero is a decidedly big, virile wine that is going to need time to fully come together. I imagine it will always be a powerhouse, however. The Villero is not especially elegant; the bombastic style clearly favors power over finesse - at least, it does today. Even so, there is plenty of Nebbiolo character and classic, old-school austerity."

Special 4-Pack Price: $279.80 ($69.95/btl)