Moccagatta

"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

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Moccagatta DOCG Barbaresco 2015
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "Fascinating aromas of earth, soil, dried strawberries and flowers follow through to a full body with round and juicy tannins. A flavorful finish. Lots of new wood now. A little old-school, but it will come around with age. Better in 2022. Publish Date: Monday, September 24, 2018"
Item Number: 30401
Bottle:$32.95
Case: $395.40
BTL

Moccagatta 'Bric Balin' Barbaresco 2013
94  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 94 "A deep, sensual wine, the 2013 Barbaresco Bric Balin is shaping up to be a real jewel. Hints of orange peel, mint, spices and white pepper make an appearance on a bouquet that is full of intrigue. The 2013 is deep, powerful and structured. Like all of these wines, the Bric Balin is
Item Number: 21814
Bottle:$42.95
BTL

Moccagatta DOCG Barbaresco 2014
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "A broad, spicy style, displaying plum, earth and tar flavors, shaded by toast and vanilla notes. The firm structure shores up the finish as this winds down, echoing plum, tar and spice details. Best from 2021 through 2033. 375 cases made. –BS"  The Wine 100% Nebbiolo from

Moccagatta 'Basarin' Barbaresco 2014
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93+ "The 2014 Barbaresco Basarin is another super-concentrated wine from Moccagatta. The Basarin, from a sandy site in Barbaresco that tends to give more lifted wines, exudes a level of depth and intensity that I don't think I have ever seen before here. Plum, black cherry, new

Moccagatta DOCG Barbaresco 2013
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Aromas of dark fruits and nutmeg follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a spicy finish. Like the linear line to this wine. Better in 2018. Publish Date: Monday, November 21, 2016"  Wine Spectator 91 "A fruity, juicy version, sporting cherry, raspberry and currant

Moccagatta 'Basarin' Barbaresco 2013
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95 "A lush, juicy style of Barbaresco, this fills the rich texture with cherry, strawberry, licorice and leather flavors. Supple yet firm, with terrific balance, ending with a long aftertaste of sweet fruit, mineral and tobacco. Best from 2018 through 2029. 416 cases made. –BS" 

Moccagatta DOCG Barbaresco 2012
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90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "The estate's 2012 Barbaresco is gorgeous. Cloves, dark cherries, plums and smoke meld together in the glass. Soft, silky tannins give the 2012 much of its early appeal. The round, resonant finish is quite attractive. The 2012 is a dark, powerful Barbaresco, especially at this

Moccagatta Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2010
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "This evokes aromas of cherry, leather, licorice, tar and balsamico. Tight and sinewy, offering a fine, lingering aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral.”  Wine Advocate 91 "The 2010 Barbaresco shows brawn and sheer muscle with dark fruit aromas of black currant and prune

Moccagatta 'Bric Balin' Barbaresco 2010 375ml
94  Wine Advocate 
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

Moccagatta 'Bric Balin' Barbaresco 2010
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94  Wine Advocate 
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

Moccagatta 'Basarin' Barbaresco 2008
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 "The emphasis is on the fruit in this round, smooth red, featuring cherry, plum, eucalyptus and mineral flavors. The structure is there, with the refined tannins covered by fruit and flesh now. A hint of oak graces the finish. Best from 2014 through 2027. 833 cases made. " ~BS 

Moccagatta 'Bric Balin' Nebbiolo 2007
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 TOP 100 2011 Rank 44 "Super fresh and focused, delivering pure flavors of blackberry, black currant, violet, mineral and a hint of tar. This is all backed by refined tannins and bright acidity, a structure that should allow this to develop over the next 20 years. - Spectator

Moccagatta 'Basarin' Barbaresco 2007
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95 "With a touch of oak adding sweetness and spice, this red is totally seductive, from the floral, cherry and licorice aromas and flavors to the supple texture and harmony to the lingering aftertaste of sweet fruit and spice. Ripe and charming, with a soft feel to the dense tannins.

Moccagatta 'Bric Balin' Barbaresco 1999
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"Harmonious and refined, yet chewy and thick. Exciting. Full-bodied, with big, caressing tannins and a long plum, mineral and toasted oak finish. This needs time. Best after 2007. 1,500 cases made. "

Moccagatta 'Bric Balin' Barbaresco 2005
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "A superfruity red, with strawberry and milk chocolate aromas that lead to a full body, with very soft tannins and a long, long finish. Very balanced and fruity. Juicy as well. Best after 2012. 1,450 cases made."   Robert Parker 92 "The 2005 Barbaresco Bric Balin is a wine of

Moccagatta 'Bric Balin' Barbaresco 2000
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92"Aromas of meat and earth, with hints of berry. Full-bodied, with soft, round tannins and a long, rich finish. Closed right now, but shows a lovely texture. Chewy. Best after 2008. 1,700 cases made. –JS"