2016 Moccagatta Bric Balin (750ml)

Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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In the second half of 1800, Giovanni Minuto owned vineyards in the town of Barbaresco. Iin 1913 his son Luigi started to produce wine from their grapes. In 1952 the company was split between the sons Lorenzo and Mario. It was Mario, who inherited the Moccagatta farmhouse which gives the name, began the planting of this wine’s vineyards – planting in 1957, 1968, 1972 and 1985. 100% Nebbiolo grown in the commune of Babaresco, where calcareous blue marl soils dominate. All of the fruit comes from the slopes of the Muncagöta Cru, which happens to be the dialect form of "Moccagatta."

About 2016 Barbaresco, Galloni writes, “The 2016s, wines from a potentially historic vintage, may very well put Barbaresco on the map big time. As I traveled from producer to producer, I experienced that sense of excitement and energy I always feel when in the presence of important vintages and wines.” Take note.


The 2016 Barbaresco Bric Balin, Moccagatta's flagship, is fabulous. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, with tremendous allure, the 2016 has so much to offer. A rush of dark cherry, espresso, licorice, spice and leather builds as this creamy, luscious Barbaresco shows off its immediacy and appeal. There is plenty of tannin, but it is nearly buried by the wine's luxurious fruit. What a gorgeous wine this is. The 2016 is once again simply compelling. Another year in bottle has only been a help.

96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Nov 2019)

Well-marked by vanilla, coconut and toasty oak aromas and flavors, this red offers ripe cherry and plum notes and a spine of vibrant acidity. This should really sing once it integrates more fully. Features a fine, mouthwatering finish, with a chalky, minerally aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2037. 1,100 cases made, 500 cases imported.

94 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
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