The vineyard: Own vineyards in San Sebastiano subzone of Monforte d’Alba, situated on the North slope of a hill with a splendid view to Mt. Monviso (the symbol of Paramount pictures). The soil is predomi- nantly clay and limestone, some gray and blue tuff with sand under 10%.
The variety: Dolcetto is one of the popular red grape varieties in Piedmont. The "sweet" name is due to its early ripening as it becomes "dolce" faster than the other reds. The soil there is thin and poor so the vines produce few bunches with small and concentrated berries.
The wine: This is a fresh red wine with opulent wild berry aromas and good structure that can match well many kinds of meat and pasta in red sauces.
The name: the hedgehog (“riccio” [rEE-choh]) is our symbol. «Ricciaia» ([ree-CHAH-yah]) initially means a pile of unpeeled chestnuts as they look like a group of hedgehogs.