Francesco Versio, a recent Italian Young Winemaker of the Year, has recently taken over this fiercely traditional firm from his mentor, the legendary consultant (and longtime winemaker at Bruno Giacosa) Dante Scaglione. And one of the first new wines to issue from the Luigi Oddero cellar is this bargain-priced Barolo, the Convento cuvée. It's a blend of some parcels from both the village of Barolo and some southern-facing plots in La Morra, and its name references the fact that Oddero's winery was formerly a convent. The vinification is straightforward: fermentation in stainless steel, then a sojourn in neutral Slavonian oak, so the final wine is both old-school Barolo, yet quite approachable in its youth. We can't imagine a better value currently exists in this category!