Barolo from the Big Cellar, M - Z

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Some more treasures from the Big Cellar, including an extensive group of the exceptional old wines from Oddero. We've tasted these many times over the past 10 years, and they deserve your full attention.

Aside from the sale of Vietti (to an American convenience store magnate), the big land news in Barolo this year was the sale of most of the Arione vineyard to Giacomo (Roberto) Conterno. It was a logical move on Conterno's part, as Arione is contiguous with Cascina Francia. The seller was Gigi Rosso, who owned almost all of the vineyard. Here's another example of the wine merchant's lament: I've never tasted Gigi Rosso's wines, and I'm certainly curious about Arione. An insider, who asked to remain anonymous, said the wines were not profound but that they were good, and true to the vineyard. Jamie Wolff

 

 

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Prunotto 1964 Barolo

Lovely nose of caramel, wet earth, tar, roses, rainwater and old barrel spice. The color is an octave lighter than the Produttori. Elegant and juicy with vivid cherry fruit and a speherical sense on the palate. Great concentration and gritty tannins. Lovely acidity. Long finish. Totally mature wine. LF

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Oddero, Fratelli 1964 Barolo

Oddero is one of just a handful of producers who made excellent wine in the past and who continue to do so now. Admittedly our opinion of their current vintages is biased, since we admire Oddero's fidelity to Barolo made in the traditional manner. Anyway, the old wines are great, and we're happy to have old vintages whenever we can.

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