What the Critics say
Medium-depth ruby to brick-red colour, with a mellow, forward, savoury bouquet, which lacks primary fruit but in its place there are interesting wood-panelling, briar, underbrush and dried-herb aromas, with suggestions of dried fruits. The wine is full-bodied and rich in its way, but not fruit-rich—more savoury and secondary, but complex, with hints of licorice, black fruits and tarry-bituminous traces. Very long aftertaste, firm and dry, with fleshy as well as tannic texture, but loaded with interest. A cracking Barbaresco. Drink: 2021–2036
A family affair to this very day, Moccagatta continues to focus on both the terroir of their homeland and the finesse that Barbaresco demands. The vineyards are all farmed organically and the wines, while being aged in a stunningly updated winery, speak of a place and of a people with a long history of tending this very land. If you haven’t been introduced to the wines of Moccagatta, now’s the time. And if you have, we welcome you to reacquaint yourself with these beautiful wines from Barbaresco.
Note: This Barbaresco is grown in the commune of Babaresco around the winery, where calcareous blue marl soils dominate. The oldest vines were planted in 1957 and the youngest 1985. All of the fruit comes from the slopes (300m) of the Muncagöta cru, which happens to be the dialect form of “Moccagatta”. 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, then the wine ages in bottle for a minimum of 10 months prior to release.