Poderi e Cantine Oddero, Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) “Rocche di Castiglione” 2013

($74):  Oddero is one of Barolo’s top producers, Rocche di Castiglione is a top site in Castiglione Falletto, and 2013 was an excellent year for Barolo, so this wine’s stature is no surprise.  Floral and pretty, it emphasizes elegance over power, although it still packs plenty of the latter.  Prominent firm, but not astringent tannins, enrobe cherry-like (red rather than black) fruity flavors.  Balanced and quite easy to taste even at this young stage, I suspect it will close up only to reemerge with even more complexity in a decade’s time. 94 Michael Apstein Nov 14, 2017