Produttori del Barbaresco Moccagatta Riserva Barbaresco 2005
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
The dialect spelling Mùncagòta is sometimes used to define this vineyard of 20 acres of which 10 are managed by Produttori . It is the only single vineyard with a full south - east exposure which means full sunshine in the morning rather than in the afternoon and therefore a slightly cooler micro - climate. Higher calcium in the soil defines a very elegant, intense wine with a distinct floral, sometimes minty bouquet. Tannins are firm and the finish is long lasting. Produced for the first time in the 1967 vintage.
Great complexity and full body, intense fruit, firm tannins and a very long finish. Extremely elegant, intense fruit in a refined bouquet. Perfect with egg-fresh pasta dishes, risotto,white and red meat, game, venison, cheese. Longevity for 18-22 years.
Wine Spectator - "Shows ripe raspberry and orange peel on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and mineral, berry and licorice flavors. This has a polished, velvety mouthfeel. Powerful for the vintage. Best after 2011."
International Wine Cellar - "Good full red. Reticent black cherry and licorice on the nose. At once sweet and penetrating, with a firm spine of acidity and apparent minerality giving this very young Barbaresco an almost painful quality. This has the medicinal reserve and the structure to age a long time."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Barbaresco Riserva Moccagatta is one of the more compact, linear wines in this vintage. The Moccagatta offers up sensations of bright red fruits, flowers, spices and vanilla in a rather unyielding style. The wine should improve in bottle but the tannins will likely always remain somewhat firm. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."
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Produttori del Barbaresco Winery
Before 1894, Nebbiolo grapes were sold to make Barolo wine or simply labeled Nebbiolo di Barbaresco. But in 1894, Domizio Cavazza, headmaster of the Royal Enological School of Alba and a Barbaresco resident, created the first cooperative, the Cantine Sociali, by gathering together nine Barbaresco vineyard owners to make wine in the local castle that he owned. He understood well the differences between the same grape, the Nebbiolo, grown in the different areas of Barolo and Barbaresco and, for the first time, recognized it on the wine label. The Cantine Sociali was closed in the 1930s because of fascist economic rules. In 1958, the priest of the village of Barbaresco, recognizing that the only way the small properties could survive was by joining their efforts, gathered together nineteen small growers and founded the Produttori del Barbaresco. The first three vintages were made in the church basement, then in the winery built across the square where the Produttori is still located. United once again, the small growers continued the work started by Domizio Cavazza, producing only Barbaresco wine and enhancing both the reputation of the wine and the village. View all Produttori del Barbaresco Wines
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Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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