Wine Advocate 94+
"The 2010 Barbaresco Bric Balin is my favorite wine of the year. It’s a full-throttle Barbaresco with full servings of black fruit, spice, leather, tar, tobacco and licorice. The wine oozes darkness and richness, but then surprises you with a playful touch of sweet cherry on the finish. The structure and intensity are so big right now, you really need to give this wine more time. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027.
The Minuto family has been growing grapes since the 1800s, starting with great-great-grandfather Giovanni Minuto. Over the years, each successive generation (great-grandfather Luigi, grandfather Mario, followed by brothers Sergio and Franco) has made important contributions to elevate this estate’s status to one of the finest in Barbaresco. Cousins Martina and Stefano are the youngest generation to join in these efforts. Moccagatta’s signature winemaking style often polarizes people, dividing them into two camps: Those that love this fleshy and modern style, and others who find it over the top. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in Nebbiolo’s softer side – especially with a beautiful vintage like 2010." ~ ML
Moccagatta bottles 3 Barbarescos from 3 crus of radically different character. The "Bric Balin" is the jewel of the estate. Matured entirely in part-new barrique, it is an elegant, velvety wine with dense red fruits, cocoa and spice.
Color: Garnet red
Nose: Fine, complex, fruity, sweet spices, vanilla
Flavor: Dry, full-bodied, rich, warm, harmonious, quite tannic, good persistence
Serving suggetions: Red meat, game
Production area: Barbaresco
Vineyard surface: 4.70
Varietals and percentage: Nebbiolo - 100%
Soil type: Calcareous blue marl
Vinification: The grapes are macerated on the skins in temperature-controlled steel tanks, then the wine is aged in French-oak barriques, of which approximately 40% are new, for 18 months.
Production: 1,800 cases
Alcohol %: 14
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"Brothers Sergio and Franco Minuto make excellent, modern styled Barbarescos from their vineyards in Barbaresco and Neive...Readers looking for an elegant and modern interpretation of Barbaresco will find much to admire in the Moccagatta wines."– Wine Advocate
Founded in 1952, Franco and Sergio Minuto's extraordinary 10 hectare Moccagatta estate holds vines in the two townships of Barbaresco and Neive. The Barbarescos come from three crus of radically different character – Basarin, Cole, and Bric Balin – each one vinified separately so as to enhance the character particular to the terroir.
"Basarin," from vines around Neive, has sweet black fruits and currants on the nose, but is firm and lean on the palate, providing excellent nearer-term drinking. Moccagatta is the sole bottler of the "Cole" vineyard (considered a continuation of the famous Montestefano cru, near Barbaresco), of which they own just .5 hectares. Matured in barrique, this is an opulent, muscular wine of great longevity, with silken texture. "Bric Balin," named after a cherry tree on the home property, is the jewel of the three Barbarescos, an elegant, velvety wine with dense red fruits, cocoa and spice, matured entirely in part-new barriques. A barrel-fermented Barbera of remarkable complexity also comes from the Basarin, a well-known source of excellent Barbera. Moccagatta also makes small quantities of a deliciously pure Dolcetto. Sergio's daughter, Martina, and Franco's son, Stefano, are now fully involved in the daily operations of the estate.
Vineyard Management: Moccagatta takes part in the EU regulation to encourage low-environmental-impact methods and to improve the preservation of natural resources in rural areas through agricultural and environmental measures. Integrated insect and disease control is carried out, through a combination of methods that includes sexual confusion and the integration of strategically-placed birdhouses in the vineyards. Sulfur- and copper-based products are used at the minimum dosage levels possible. Only organic fertilizers (manure) are used. This manure comes from traditional cattle farms where no concentrated feed is given to the animals. Cover crops (grass cover) are left between the rows of vines.
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic