2019 Figli Luigi Oddero Langhe Freisa, Piedmont, Italy

2019 Figli Luigi Oddero Langhe Freisa, Piedmont, Italy

$27.99

Freisa, an ancient variety indigenous to northwest Piedmont and closely related to Nebbiolo, finds a vivacious expression at Luigi Oddero. The family owns a west-facing parcel just west of the winery itself, in the Santa Maria sector of La Morra, planted in the late 1990s at 220-230 meters altitude in a mixture of sand, stones, and clay strewn with fossils. Oddero’s Freisa undergoes spontaneous fermentation during a 12-day maceration in stainless steel, and it spends a further eight months in steel before bottling. This simple aging process serves to highlight the wine’s bright fruit and floral aromatics, but an underlying sense of warm Langhe minerality still emerges.

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