$98.00 USD

The previous owner constructed an observatory tower (a “specola”) in the center of the Rive cru, atop which he would monitor his team working the vineyards below, bellowing instructions through a primitive megaphone. Luigi Oddero made this tower the symbol of his new winery, christening his bottling of Rive as “Specola.” Rive possesses fossil-rich soils typical of this sector of La Morra, and Oddero’s “Specola” comprises only the center of the cru, a south-facing amphitheater which yields intense fruit concentration and structural elegance along with extraordinary acidity and freshness. The tannins are well-integrated, and its beautifully textured flavors veer from macerated strawberries to warm stones to iodine—making for a complex yet highly approachable Barolo.