The vineyard: in 2012 we made the first test vinification of 2 plots in cru Borzone, the older one made part of our very successful Barolo Stolét, the younger one due to its small volume made part of Barolo Aculei. In 2013 we bought more grapes from the Borzone winegower, thus we could make a Barolo Riserva Stolét (to be released in 2019!) and bottle separately the wine from the younger vineyard;
The vintage: 2013 is considered a «classical» vintage, characterized by a slow vegetation cycle with no extreme temperatures or water deficit or excess. An abundant though late vintage, when grapes were picked in a period like in «the old times». It was not a «happy vintage» though for our two Barolo crus - both winegrowers that we were buying the Nebbiolo from died (one - of age and the other, the Borzone one, had a tractor incident in his own vineyard). The heirs discontinued our contracts so both crus remain in La Biòca’s history as «one time wine».
The wine: only half of the barrels met the high Barolo cru standarts, introduced by our new consultant, the internationally acknowledged oenologist Franco Bernabei. The other half was blended into Barolo Aculei 2013.
The label: represents the hand drawn map of our own cru Ravera vineyard. In 2014 we started vinifying it separately and found out that it was very close in style with Borzone, which we knew we would not produce any more. That is the reason the two wines are released under the same label with the map of Ravera but each one under its own name. A limited quantity of bottles was released to the market under a Borzello label that we decided to abandon in order to promote the official crus.