Holiday Countdown 2022 (DAY 6) - Luigi Oddero 'Convento' Barolo 2017

Holiday Countdown 2022 (DAY 6) - Luigi Oddero 'Convento' Barolo 2017

These are the top wines that stood out among the thousands of wines I tasted this year. Some are always in stock, some are rare and hard to find, but all of them are sure to fill you with joy this Holiday Season.   
DAY 6:    
Life is all about choices. One choice I've been making lately is to spend more of my Nebbiolo dollars on Nebbiolo that I want to drink now. I NEED Nebbiolo to drink while I wait for the long-lived versions to come round, and today's wine fits the bill perfectly.

An amazing Barolo from staunch traditionalist Vignetti Luigi Oddero that exuberantly showcases all the dizzying, soaring aromas of Nebbiolo at its peak. But unlike most young Barolo of this quality, this wine is giving its all right now. The mystery lies in the genius of the winemaker, Dante Scaglione, the longtime right-hand man to legend Bruno Giacosa. 

Upon my first sip, I couldn't believe how such a young, classically styled Barolo could be so effusive and down right delicious this early in its life. This is easily the best young Barolo I've had.  
Luigi Oddero 'Convento' Barolo 2017 - $49.99


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A last name like Oddero has a historic reputation in Piedmont. But this isn't Giacomo Oddero, rather his younger brother, with whom he divided the family's holdings back in 2006. While Giacomo retained the family's cellar, Luigi set up shop just under a mile away in the cellar of old family friend and Piedmontese icon Luigi Parà. Here he laid the groundwork for the ethereal, expressive and complex wines we see today.

After sadly passing away in 2010, the estate fell into the hands of his wife, who hired Bruno Giacosa alumnus Dante Scaglioni. He's made a name for himself with his organic, minimal-intervention style and the wines today are a testament to both his genius and oenological expertise. 
100% Nebbiolo from several communes throughout Barolo, including the famed trio of La Morra, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba. The wine is fermented in stainless steel, then transferred to large, used oak barrels (botti) where it ages for 2 years before bottling. 

A beautiful brick red in the glass, fading to orange at the rim. An assertive and powerful nose of black cherry, rose, orange peel, sweet spices, tar and menthol. The full-bodied palate impresses with dark berry flavors layered on fine grained tannins and lip-smacking acidity. Barolo perfection.  
Justin Coleman
Monarch Wine Merchants