The 2015 Barolo vintage was a study in contrast. There were some strikingly mediocre wines from many producers while others created brilliant wines reflecting their hard work in the vineyards. The Lodali estate is under the purview of young Walter Lodali who is following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. The family’s hillside vineyards are in Bricco Ambrogio, the only cru of significance in Roddi. This vintage expresses aromas of pressed rose petals, woodland berries and dried herbs along with whiffs of tobacco. The taut polished palate offers dried cherry, cranberry, and star anise; the tannins are fine. This wine will age for five-seven years, and the extraordinarily generous retail price encourages case buys. However, I would be equally as happy to make this my weekend red for my wine-loving friends and family: it’s rare to find a Barolo of this quality, at this price, from any vintage.