La Biòca Aculei Barolo 2018



Located in the hills of Langhe Piedmont, in the municipalities of Monforte d’Alba, Novello, La Morra, and Barbaresco, is ‘La Biòca’, a small vineyard estate made up of nine hectares dedicated to the production of high-quality wines.

‘Aculei’ — the ‘quills’ on the mascot of La Biòca, the hedgehog — is taken from three cru vineyards in Barolo, Castagni, Bussia and Ravera. Hand-harvested in small baskets, destemmed and cool fermented for a few days with extended maceration on the skins, each cru gets a minimum 18 months in small oak barrels, before being tasted and blended to create Aculei.

Ruby-garnet in colour, this will turn towards brick or tile red with a bit of age, this is full and complex on the nose, a heady mix of dried fruits, savoury, meaty elements, woodsmoke and garrigue. Big, grippy tannins dominate the open but things quickly settle down with a harmonious and soft mid-palate showcasing redcurrant, cherry and prune, unwinding onto a long, lingering finish, with biltong, toasted nut and wild herbs, dry, savoury and very moreish.

Only the wine or the food can be the star — pair with something simple like mushroom risotto or a charcuterie board of dried meats and hard cheeses.

  • Savoury, rich, complex
  • 750ml
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2033
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Producer: La Biòca

La Biòca is a small winery in the Langhe, Piemonte, located close to Serralunga d'Alba (pictured above), a medieval castle village of narrow cobbled streets surrounded by sloping vineyards. The winery only uses grapes from its own vineyards, just 9 hectares located in the municipalities of Monforte d'Alba, Novello, La Morra, Barbaresco and Roddino, with plantings back to the early 1960s.

‘Biòca’ — meaning hard-headed or determined — is symbolic of the soils that the vines grow in. The meagre soil is made of different percentages of sand, clay, and limestone that force the vines to work hard for nutrients, and the temperate continental climate creates versatile and elegant wines.

Nebbiolo is king here but Dolcetto, Barbera and Chardonnay also excel. The varying terrain of these vineyards, with differing soil compositions, aspects, exposures and surrounding vegetation, provides a range of base wines, from elegant and fragrant to more alcoholic, robust and long-lasting, with the skill of the winemakers in the use of barrel ageing and final blending.

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