Villero is located in the township of Castiglione Falletto, just a few dozen meters from the vineyards at Rocche di Castiglione and has a very different soil type. The vineyard is fully south-facing and rests at 380 MASL. Its soil is tough and more compact than the Rocche because it has a higher amount of clay with limestone. The presence of clay silicates helps it retain water. Though the distance between Villero and Rocche di Castiglione seems negligible, there is quite a bit of variation between the soils of the two terrains: Villero is tougher and more compact, whereas Rocche is looser and poor in nutrients. The two Barolos produced in the territories have precise differences: Villero Barolo is rounder and juicier, with warm tones and dark fruit notes, while Rocche is longer, more vertical in structure, and has a more marked minerality. Our Villero vineyard and the adjacent Fiasco vineyard were once the property of the agriculture professor Ferdinando Vignolo Lutati of Castiglione Falletto, who was an important figure in the agricultural panorama of the Langhe. Prof. Vignolo Lutati was among the first to elaborate on the scientific composition of our soils. He was also the author of numerous publications, including On the delimitation of zones of traditional wines (Sulla delimitazione delle zone a vini tipici) of 1929.
Black cherry, cloves, melted road tar, licorice and leather all run through Oddero's 2016 Barolo Villero. Deep on the palate with huge swaths of tannin, the Villero is a decidedly big, virile wine that is going to need time to fully come together. I imagine it will always be a powerhouse, however. The Villero is not especially elegant; the bombastic style clearly favors power over finesse - at least, it does today. Even so, there is plenty of Nebbiolo character and classic, old-school austerity. Drink 2026 – 2041. 94 points. Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
Castiglione Falletto. Total skin maceration of 25 days.
Lustrous mid ruby. Perfumed, deep and concentrated with minerally, liquorice hints. Expressive, complex fruit shot through by acidity. Almost aromatic fruit finish. Sleek and elegant but with great length and framed by savoury, chewy tannins. (WS) Drink 2024-2036. 17.5 points. Walter Spelling, Jancis Robinson.
I love Villero. I’m gradually coming around to thinking that the wines from Castiglione Falletto may well be my favourites from Barolo. Oddero are hitting new heights in recent vintages.
Bright, deep, spicy cherry and plum, dried rose/potpourri, new leather, biscotti. Tight rolls of juicy fruit, though ferrous and very mineral too, dense graphite tannin, and more of that beautiful sweet tannin on a very long finish. Tense and structured, yet generous in flavour. The tightrope walked with confidence. So good. 2024-2040+. 97 Points. Gary Walsh - The Wine Front.