Power, purity…Brunate – 2009 Oddero Barolo Brunate

From a 0,4 hectare site in one of Barolo’s most esteemed Cru comes this immensely enjoyable effort from the historical producer, Poderi e Cantine (farms and cellars) Oddero. Vine age is ~ 60 years, and production is just 2,000 bottles; since 2010 vintage, this site is now farmed according to BIO methods.

Brunate Cru

The vinification for this wine is a combination of longer maceration (25 days at a controlled temperature of 28C), and older French oak casks (20 Hl) for two and a half years followed by another year of rest in bottle prior to release. This particular wine was released ~ four years ago, and is ready to be enjoyed right now.

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Brunate vineyard is to my back, with the southeast exposition of the vineyard aligned with Monforte d’Alba in the distance.

6 January, 2018  2009 Oddero Barolo Brunate  – “Wow, in a great spot now, with room for improvement, too. The aromas just kept coming, and though a bit slow to change, when they did they were (in a different tone) just as powerful, rich and vivid. The flavors were somewhat less intense, suggesting that the best is yet to come in that regard, but the nose, oh wow, it was really quite something. Really speaks to the vintage, the site and the variety – really speaks to the purity, too. Full(-) body, with sweet, round tannins and a good dose of fresh acidity. Aromas and flavors are consistent with soil, red>dark red fruits, purple flowers, truffle, balsamic glaze, some fresh tar. Not sure how someone could age this, I mean it’s drinking so well right now. That said, it does have the bones to go another decade, but it’s a fun ride as it is today, so if you have a few, open one and see what you think. Very fun, really great with food. Bravo, Oddero! 14,5% abv. (resolved), drink thru 2026highly recommended

In addition to Brunate Cru, Oddero produces wines from: Bussia, Rocche di Castiglione, Villero, Vigna Rionda, and more; a total of 35 hectares, with ~ half of that under vine.

On a side note, the stock here, i.e the quality of the winegrowing and winemaking has been rising, consistently, for the past decade, such that these days they’re consistently in the top quartile of their peers, in my opinion; no small feat in the highly competitive, quality-focused Langhe area.

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