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#389501 - 12-02-2018 10:16:23 TN Oddero Barolo Mondoca Di Bussia Soprana 1998
fraser Offline
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Registered: 02-25-2004 00:27:03
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TN Oddero Barolo Mondoca Di Bussia Soprana 1998

14.5% Imported by Vinifera, NY


Oddero is a prestigious winery that this board turned me onto (Thanks CJ and Dave), with vineyards in all the right places, however now split up by the family. Bussia is a historic vineyard in the Monforte commune.

Decanted for three hours. "Sweet / oak nose. Smooth. Strong nose.Classic. Subtle. Licorice base. Pine nose. Cool menthol palate. Rich rose / pine resin nose that was very poignant. Perfectly balanced / ready to drink. drink up. A little modern. Very smooth. Tasted so Piedmont - best dish ever to accompany the wine. Very tea, coffee. Excellent. Balanced. Caramel. Deep dark complicated cherry nose. (Classic and smooth repeated endlessly). Heavy pine scent. Fresh. Moving into more intensity and structure. Savory palate. Bitter. Perfect wine / food combo. Beyond classic. Not flabby but inviting. On the line between feminine and masculine. Major heavy black cherry. Extremely fresh / great impact. going to wow. A wow dinner. A little blood / meat. Drink up?"

I really didn't expect much from this wine as I thought Oddero wouldn't show well young, community notes are fairly mediocre and Dave C's note on this wine made it sound like an acid bomb. As mentioned this was the best food / wine combo ever. Airline pheasant breasts wrapped in San Danielle, seared and roasted, with hedgehog mushrooms and porcini flavored pasta from Italy. The folks selling the mushrooms said that the hedgehogs would be better and drier than the chantrelles and boy were they correct. The pasta, like a wide noodle, was unpleasant the last time I had it and I only used it this time because we were too short on time for a risotto. Somehow it was perfect for this meal.

A fantastic experience.

Thanks
Fraser



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#389504 - 12-02-2018 17:50:48 Re: TN Oddero Barolo Mondoca Di Bussia Soprana 1998 [Re: fraser]
Marc Hanes Offline
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Loc: Maplewood, NJ
I had the good fortune to taste a lot if 1998 Barolo on release at trade tastings. To me they were tannic beasts. All I ended up buying were Bartolo M and one Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate-Le Coste. Been afraid to even consider opening them. Should have bought Monprivato, it was only about $80 then, hah.

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#389513 - 12-04-2018 13:39:39 Re: TN Oddero Barolo Mondoca Di Bussia Soprana 1998 [Re: Marc Hanes]
fraser Offline
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Hi Marc,

I did not taste any 1998 on release. Your comment is interesting as the vintage was labeled as a warm, early-drinking vintage. From 1998 I've had Marcarini Brunate, Produttori Barbaresco normale and Einaudi Costa Grimaldi - all of them pretty much tasted like a warm, early drinking vintage. One of the Produttori's was the most Californian-like Barbaresco/Barolo I've ever had - very ripe.

I've also had the Cavallotto Bricco Boschis, which was exactly as you describe - a tannic beast. I'm going to leave them alone for quite a while.

I too have the G. Rinaldi that you mention - not sure when to drink that!

Thanks
Fraser

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#389685 - 01-16-2019 09:47:19 Re: TN Oddero Barolo Mondoca Di Bussia Soprana 1998 [Re: fraser]
Dave Cuneo Offline
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Registered: 03-12-2004 15:59:19
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Loc: Delaware
Fraser,

Glad you enjoyed this. I like your "stream of consciousness" notes. smile Reminds me of the great Tom Hill. blush
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#389695 - 01-18-2019 12:13:27 Re: TN Oddero Barolo Mondoca Di Bussia Soprana 1998 [Re: Dave Cuneo]
fraser Offline
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Thanks, Dave. That's quite the compliment.

Fraser

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#390492 - 11-06-2019 10:33:14 Re: TN Oddero Barolo Mondoca Di Bussia Soprana 1998 [Re: fraser]
fraser Offline
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Registered: 02-25-2004 00:27:03
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I had this again recently with similar results and the same meal!

It was very rich, concentrated and intense. I loved the wine. This makes 4 great Oddero wines in the last year! I really had no idea that they were this good. I think I've only had their wines from the '60's prior to this.

I kept meaning to finish the last glass in the bottle but with so much going on, I kept forgetting. I finally drank it 3 days after opening.

"Distinctive. Classic - very/very intense, rich and concentrated. Rose nose. Really striking. Get this wine anyway you can. Perfect. Amazing - can't describe". So the last glass was unbelievable. Kind of like someone made a reduction sauce out of this barolo and concentrated it down to a elixir. I don't believe I've ever had anything like it nor anything quite so strikingly distinctive. Quite surprised by this. At that rate, this could improve for another 20-40 years!!!


Thanks
Fraser

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