La Biòca Ricciaia Dolcetto d’Alba 2021



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.

‘Ricciaia’ — named after the chestnut trees on the estate that contribute to the gastronomic tradition here — is 100% Dolcetto, hand-harvested in small baskets, destemmed and cool fermented for 8-10 days, with extended maceration and 6 months’ maturation in steel tanks. Ruby red in colour, this pops on the nose with dark berries, cherries and loads of pepper and spice, with hints of earth and wood and nuts. Packed with chewy sweet plum and slightly sour berries on the palate, savoury tannins and a soft acidity allow long lingering flavours of balsamic, fruit compôte, wild herbs and winter spices.

Serve up with anything mushroomy — risotto, creamy pasta dishes or warming stews and casseroles.


  • Ripe, fruity, dry
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2026
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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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