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Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin 2010

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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. Garnet red color. Fine and complex aromas of fruit, sweet spices, and vanilla. Dry and full-bodied taste with rich, warm, and harmonious tannins. Good persistence on the finish.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
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WS 93
Wine Spectator
Raspberry, cherry, leather and spice aromas and flavors highlight this powerful Barbaresco. The smooth texture is underlined by a firm backbone of tannins, while the acidity keeps the flavors focused though the long finish. Best from 2016 through 2030. 1,650 cases made.
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Moccagatta

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Moccagatta, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
The Moccagatta estate, founded by the Minuto family in 1952, has taken outstanding qualitative leaps since the 1980's. Adoption of barrel fermentation and aging in small French oak; severe pruning and grape thinning; employment of sophisticated cellar equipment and careful fermentation-maceration techniques: all this and more have poised Moccagatta at the forefront of quality winemaking in Barbaresco.

Barbaresco

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A wine that most perfectly conveys the spirit and essence of its place, Barbaresco is true reflection of terroir. Its star grape, like that in the neighboring Barolo region, is Nebbiolo. Four townships within the Barbaresco zone can produce Barbaresco: the actual village of Barbaresco, as well as Neive, Treiso and San Rocco Seno d'Elvio.

Broadly speaking there are more similarities in the soils of Barbaresco and Barolo than there are differences. Barbaresco’s soils are approximately of the same two major soil types as Barolo: blue-grey marl of the Tortonion epoch, producing more fragile and aromatic characteristics, and Helvetian white yellow marl, which produces wines with more structure and tannins.

Nebbiolo ripens earlier in Barbaresco than in Barolo, primarily due to the vineyards’ proximity to the Tanaro River and lower elevations. While the wines here are still powerful, Barbaresco expresses a more feminine side of Nebbiolo, often with softer tannins, delicate fruit and an elegant perfume. Typical in a well-made Barbaresco are expressions of rose petal, cherry, strawberry, violets, smoke and spice. These wines need a few years before they reach their peak, the best of which need over a decade or longer. Bottle aging adds more savory characteristics, such as earth, iron and dried fruit.

Nebbiolo

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Responsible for some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world, Nebbiolo, named for the ubiquitous autumnal fog (called nebbia in Italian), is the star variety of northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Grown throughout the area as well as in the neighboring Valle d’Aosta and Valtellina, it reaches its highest potential in the Piemontese villages of Barolo and Barbaresco. This finicky grape and needs a very particular soil type and climate in order to thrive. Outside of Italy, growers are still very much in the experimentation stage but some success has been achieved in parts of California. Tiny amounts are produced in Washington, Virginia, Mexico and Australia.

In the Glass

Nebbiolo at its best is an elegant variety with velveteen tannins, mouthwatering acidity and a captivating perfume. Common characteristcs of a well-made Nebbiolo can include roses, violets, licorice, sandalwood, spicebox, smoke, potpourri, black plum, red cherry and orange peel. Light brick in color, Nebbiolo is a more powerful wine than one might expect, and its firm tannins typically need time to mellow.

Perfect Pairings

Nebbiolo’s love affair with food starts in Piedmont, which is home to the Slow Food movement and some of Italy’s best cuisine. The region is famous for its white truffles, wild boar ragu and tajarin pasta, all perfect companions to Nebbiolo.

Sommelier Secret

If you can’t afford to drink Barolo and Barbaresco every night, try the more wallet-friendly, earlier-drinking Langhe Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo d'Alba. Also search out the fine offerings of the nearby Roero region. North of the Langhe and Roero, find earthy and rustic versions of the variety (known here as “Spanna”) in Ghemme and Gattinara.

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