When we tasted it as a group
there was unanimous agreement:
This is great wine and great
value. Only 500 cases produced
of this extraordinary Barbera.
The Oddero family lavish the
same care on this wine as they
do on their single-vineyard
Barolos, with extreme selection
of the grapes, and a slow fermentation.
Vinchio is a south-facing vineyard
with sixty year old vines, which gives wine of remarkable
grace and lift. The fruit is finely-etched but rich in flavor, with
a long finish. Receives rich wood treatment, but it is seamlessly
integrated, and hardly apparent. 40% aged in barrique for 18
months, the rest in large oak barrels. Astonishingly pure and
layered, try it with boar ragu, ginger and juniper berries with a
side of creamy polenta.