Since 1878, the Oddero family have been producing wines from their impressive vineyard holdings around Piedmont. From 1951, brothers Giacomo and Luigi Oddero have grown a reputation as one of the Langhe’s most esteemed, and classical cantinas. After Luigi’s tragic death in 2009, the cantina is now run by his widow Lena and two children. Their head winemaker is Francesco Versio – one of the Langhe’s youngest and talented winemakers. He learnt his craft at Bruno Giacosa, before joining Figli Luigi Oddero. Francesco maintains the ethos of this historical winemaking family, making traditional expressions which are elegant, with a vivid sense of origin.
The 2018 vintage threw up many viticultural challenges for the Langhe, perhaps more acutely felt by producers with vineyards spread throughout the Barolo region – such as Figli Luigi Oddero. Although Francesco was very happy with the quality of ’18, the family felt the wines did not showcase the power or intensity deserving of their cru wines. And so, they only bottled a tiny amount of their single vineyards. The upside here is that their ’18 Barolo Classico is a super-charged triumph, containing a significant proportion of many of the region’s finest vineyards – including the legendary Vigna Rionda, Scarrone of Castiglione Falletto and their nearby Rive di Santa Maria. This is a perfumed and profound Nebbiolo, marrying classical, traditional structure with vineyard character and a vivid purity of fruit.