An outstanding wine from an outstanding vintage, this is bound to be a fast favorite with serious collectors. La Bioca is a small winery in one of the most beautiful and well-preserved villages in the Langhe. The grapes are rigorously hand-selected and the resulting wine is aged 30 months in French oak. This beautiful red has ample plum and pomegranate woven with dense, clinging tannins that bode well for a good, long future.
One of the finest cohorts of wines in this year's DWWA was the magnificent collection of 2016 Barolo we had the chance to judge, and confining ourselves to just two wines in the Best of Show collection wasn't easy. The first of these is dark, vivid, amply constituted, and multi-dimensioned, with complex, close-woven aromas and a dense mesh of still-fruity flavors which ideally needs a year or two further to soften, though it is very approachable now. Look out for ample plum and pomegranate fruit, as well as Havana-leaf complexities in the finish. The way in which the tannins cling, densely and ripely, to those fruit flavors testifies both to 2016's generosity and to skilled vinification - and bodes well for the future.