In a nutshell:
An elegant and refined Barbaresco from one of Piedmont's famous, and still family run, wineries.
Along with its famous neighbour Barolo, Barbaresco is one of the two well known expressions of Nebbiolo, Piedmont's signature red grape. The Oddero family have long been making wines in this part of the world and their experience and skill is second to none. This cuvée, coming from a small 2 hectare plots, only manages about 6,000 bottles per vintage so not much of it is seen about. After fermentation the wine is aged in large oak barrels until bottling at the end of the summer following the vintage it's then bottle aged for a further 6 months before release. It's a wonderfully perfumed wine with ripe red fruits, violets and spices to the fore. On the palate there are black cherries and plums with a tobacco hint and good minerality sweeping across it. Firmly structured with close grained tannins it's nevertheless really elegant and refined with a long flavourfilled finish.
17.5/20 - Walter Speller (jancisrobinson.com)
When to drink:
You can drink it now, but it would certainly reward leaving n the cellar for a year or two yet. Drink it alongside richly flavoured red meat, or game dishes.