Barbera d'Alba Superiore, Oddero
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Barbera d'Alba Superiore, Oddero - 2020

Item # 20287 750mL

Barbera is known for its racy acidity, its rusticity, its earthiness, and its need to be accompanied by food. So reach for the nearest plate of grilled wild mushrooms or gamey meats and get ready to fall in love with this gorgeous, classically structured Barbera from one of the finest wineries located in Barolo.

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Oddero is a seventh-generation winemaking family in the village of La Morra that's been making wine since the 18th century. This Barbera d'Alba is a perfect example of their winemaking style and it comes in at a fraction of the price of their Baroli bottlings. Coming from two plots of land in Castiglione Falletto and La Morra, these vines see south and southwest-facing vines that receive ample sunshine for ripening. Aging in used French oak casks of 50-60 hl rounds out this high-acidity grape varietal. Outstandingly fresh, with soft and ripe tannins, this Barbara shows fruit notes of blackberry, black plum, and cherry. Black pepper and licorice with a iron-like minerality enhance a palate with a long, extended finish.

- MHG

About the Producer

La Morra, Piedmont, Italy “Poderi e Cantine Oddero” (Oddero Estate and Winery) is a historic name among Barolo producers. Run for generations by men, it is now in the hands of Mariacristina and Mariavittoria, the daughters of Giacomo Oddero, Barolo patriarch and a man whose fame reaches beyond the Langhe. The company dedicates its full attention to the winemaking process, blending ancient wisdom...

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Glossary

Piedmont

The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive notes of strawberry, cherry, and pink peppercorn. The red Freisa is vinified in a variety of styles:...

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Barbera

Barbera is grown all over Italy, but the best examples of this red grape come from Piedmont, where it is made into all manner of wines - from easy-drinking quaffers to serious, cellar-worthy bottlings. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of stodginess, however, they are generally ruby-colored, full-bodied, and highly acidic, with remarkably low levels of tannins. The areas that are most strongly associated with Barbera (for good reason) are the Alba and Asti DOCs, which consistently produce...

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