La Biòca Riccinnebbia Langhe Nebbiolo 2020
- Elegant, lighter
La Biòca is located in the village of Serralunga d’Alba, surrounded by rolling vineyards planted to the traditional varieties of the Langhe. They use only estate fruit sourced from their small 9 hectares of vineyard to produce world-renowned Barolo along with several other celebrated styles of wine from Piemonte.
Riccinnebbia translates directly as ‘curly fog’ in English. This references the autumnal fog that often curls over the Langhe region during the annual grape harvest. The wine is of course 100% nebbiolo, hand harvested and laid to rest in a variety of oak barrels for periods of 10-16 months depending on the vessel. It’s rather full in body for nebbiolo with a floral nose and delicate red fruits on the palate. The finish is dry but there’s a hint of fruit sweetness (not sugar) that provides lift and makes the wine enjoyable on its own or with gamier meats and charcuterie.
Full price $45.00 from the producer.
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If you’ve never plugged Piedmont into Google images then now’s the time. A northern Italian region that spoons both France and Switzerland, it’s one of the more picturesque wine regions in the world and better yet, the vinos do the dramatic backdrop justice. Piedmont wines benefit from the warmth of the Mediterranean and the chill of the Alps, and the combination of these climates means the valleys will often be shrouded in fog. Behind the fog you’ll find Piedmont’s two superstar wines: Barolo and Barbaresco. Known as the King of Wines in Italy, Barolo in particular is lauded over worldwide but really, there’s more to Piedmont than these two. Aside from juicy, tannic nebbiolo, keep an eye out for barbera, the go-to vino for many Italians.