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The Earth and Tobacco of the 2006 Odoardi, Savuto


We have drunk a few wines from Calabria over the last several months with today’s selection the most recent.  The Odoardi family has owned land in Calabria for centuries but it was not until the 1990s that the brothers Gregorio and Giovan Battista started producing their own wine.  Today they work 70 hectares of vines in Savuto and Scavigna.  Calabria is located in the toe of the Italian boot with Savuto and Scavigna in the western portion.  The vineyards of Savuto are located in a mountainous region where the temperatures are cooler.  There are terraced vineyards along the banks of the Savuto river which flows in to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Scavigna is located south of Savuto along the Calabrian coast on hills facing the Tyrrhenian Sea.

This is a really interesting wine which I strongly recommend you buy.  I like Gaglioppo when it is in a blend and this is certainly a great example.  I was having a bit of trouble describing an aspect of this wine but I believe Jenn did an excellent job. I get excited when I have trouble describing a wine because it means I am experiencing aromas and flavors which I have not come across before.  If you are looking to have an adventurous glass of wine then you should buy a few bottles of this one!  It is currently available at MacArthur Beverages along with a few other Odoardi selections.

2006 Odoardi, Savuto DOC – $13
Imported by Siema Wines.  This wine is a blend of 45% Gaglioppo, 15% Greco Nero, 15% Nerello Cappuccio, 15% Magliocco Canino, and 10% Sangiovese fermented in stainless steel.  It underwent malolactic fermentation in barriques where it was aged for 3-4 months.  There is a medium strength, interesting nose with earthy-floral aromas.  In the mouth the red fruit mixed with earthy, wild, old-school perfume.  There is slightly juicy acidity and chunky tannins.  The fruit puts on some weight with air.  Jenn commented, “[There is] moist tobacco which is smokey but not sweet.”  *** Now-2017.

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