We kicked of day seven with one of my favorite visits each year: Brovia. I have written enough about Brovia that I expect I should stop, but the wines continue to improve from vintage. Something very special is going on here. Don't pay attention at your own risk! Not to say that this is the next G Rinaldi, there is enough wine here to satisfy demand, though not a bottle more and the tasting are beginning to reflect that.
Still we were able to taste throughout he entire 2011 line-up here which is as good as I thought it was last year. We also were able to taste the Villero and Garblet Sue from both 2012 and 2013. I know not what evil spell is working here but the 2012s were knockouts, and the 2013 very special wines that seem as though they might be as good, if not a hair preferable to the soon to be legendary 2010s!
Alex Sanchez is always a pleasure to taste with. Such a smile, and entirely forthcoming. Don't buy these wines. I need to have more for me. Just a note that we tasted the Villero and Garblet Sue today only because the Rocche and Brea Ca' Mia were in need of racking and Alex felt they would really not be showing well, though they are my two favorite crus.
We had a cancellation this afternoon so we had only one last appointment for the week, at Oddero. It proved to be fortuitous.
I have long been a fan of the wines of Oddero, and they put on a fabulous tasting, but there has always been a hint of the mysterious here. All the cru Barolo goes through malo in barrique, this was not generally known nor disclosed for several years and while many a fabulous wine has been produced here over the years while presumably this was occurring, this year the wines just seemed a little different.
It's been days since this tasting and as it so happens I've tasted at other wineries during storms that produced hail with oddly similar results. Wines that were disjointed, tannic, and just off. Having said that, some of the Oddero wines did show rather well, in particular the 2006 Vigna Rionda. The samples from 2012 offered fine insight in to those wines as well, with the Rocche seeming to be the strongest of a bunch that might outperform the line-up of 2011.
I look forward to trying these wines again in the not too distant future. I truly believe that the issues presented during this tasting were climatic and the wines are more elegant and better integrated than they showed today. Older Oddero wines have shown that the subtle oak influences, noticeable mostly on the nose, do integrate with time. That is my hope here as well.
More to come!