Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin 2017 750ml

size
750ml
country
Italy
region
Piedmont
appellation
Barbaresco
JS
94
WS
92
WA
91
VM
90
Additional vintages
JS
94
Rated 94 by James Suckling
Lots of ripe berries, such as strawberries, with cedar and violet undertones on the nose. Full-bodied with a solid core of ripe fruit, round tannins and a fruity finish. But it’s never overdone or out of balance. A beauty for the vintage. Drink after 2022. ... More details
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Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin 2017 750ml

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Professional Ratings
JS
94
WS
92
WA
91
VM
90
JS
94
Rated 94 by James Suckling
Lots of ripe berries, such as strawberries, with cedar and violet undertones on the nose. Full-bodied with a solid core of ripe fruit, round tannins and a fruity finish. But it’s never overdone or out of balance. A beauty for the vintage. Drink after 2022.
WS
92
Rated 92 by Wine Spectator
This is broad and powerful, offering cherry and berry fruit shaded by licorice, tar and tobacco flavors. Beefy tannins provide a stiff backbone as this plays out on the long finish. Best from 2023 through 2037. 1,100 cases made, 500 cases imported.
WA
91
Rated 91 by Wine Advocate
Bric Balin is a 2.4-hectare site within the Muncagota cru with gray marl and calcareous soils at an ideal 260 to 300 meters above sea level. The Moccagatta 2017 Barbaresco Bric Balin brings extra intensity and concentration with dark fruit, spice, tilled earth and campfire ash. The wine sees a standard 18 months in barrique, and this too results in the added power you perceive. The tannins (both from the oak and the fruit in this hot vintage) are a touch astringent. Some 13,000 bottles were made.
VM
90
Rated 90 by Vinous Media
The 2017 Barbaresco Bric Balin is the product of a very challenging growing season marked by hail, frost and a hot, dry summer, conditions that left the wine with drying tannins that are still evident. Even so, the 2017 has developed nicely. New oak accents that were strong last year have softened, while the wine retains good freshness. Dark cherry, plum, mocha and spice linger. All things considered, this is a solid effort, but readers have to be willing to look past the gritty tannins. I would open the 2017 well in advance.
Winery
Moccagatta bottles 3 Barbarescos from 3 crus of radically different character. 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. Color: Garnet red Nose: Fine, complex, fruity, sweet spices, vanilla Flavor: Dry, full-bodied, rich, warm, harmonious, quite tannic, good persistence Serving suggetions: Red meat, game Denomination: BARBARESCO Classification: DOCG Production area: Barbaresco Vineyard surface: 4.70 Varietals and percentage: Nebbiolo - 100% Soil type: Calcareous blue marl Exposure: West Vinification: 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. Production: 1,800 cases Alcohol %: 14
Product Details
size
750ml
country
Italy
region
Piedmont
appellation
Barbaresco
Additional vintages
Overview
Rated 94 - Lots of ripe berries, such as strawberries, with cedar and violet undertones on the nose. Full-bodied with a solid core of ripe fruit, round tannins and a fruity finish. But it’s never overdone or out of balance. A beauty for the vintage. Drink after 2022.
green grapes

Varietal: Nebbiolo

The Nebbiolo grape varietal is widely understood to be the fruit responsible for Italy's finest aged wines. However, its popularity and reliability as a grape which gives out outstanding flavors and aromas has led it to be planted in many countries around the world, with much success. These purple grapes are distinguishable by the fact that they take on a milky dust as they begin to reach maturity, leading many to claim that this is the reason for their unusual name, which means 'fog' in Italian. Nebbiolo grapes produce wines which have a wide range of beautiful and fascinating flavors, the most common of which are rich, dark and complex, such as violet, truffle, tobacco and prunes. They are generally aged for many years to balance out their characteristics, as their natural tannin levels tend to be very high.
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Region: Piedmont

For hundreds of years, the beautiful alpine region of Piedmont in north-west Italy has been producing excellent quality red wines, and some of the most characterful sparkling white wines to have ever come out of the Old World. The region is dominated by the mighty Alps which form the border between Italy, France and Switzerland, and the Moscato grapes that are grown in the foothills of this mountain range carry much of the Alps' flavors in their fruit, and are fed by crystal clear mountain waters. However, it is the Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera grapes which are the real stars of this region, and the highly respected wineries which cover much of Piedmont have generations of experience when it comes to processing and aging these grape varietals to produce the superb wines which come out of appellations such as Barolo and Barberesco.
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Country: Italy

Italy is recognised as being one of the finest wine producing countries in the world, and it isn't difficult to see why. With a vast amount of land across the country used primarily for vineyard cultivation and wine production, each region of Italy manages to produce a wide range of excellent quality wines, each representative of the region it is produced in. Any lover of Italian wines will be able to tell you of the variety the country produces, from the deliciously astringent and alpine-fresh wines of the northern borders, to the deliciously jammy and fruit-forward wines of the south and the Italian islands. Regions such as Barolo are frequently compared with Bordeaux and Burgundy in France, as their oak aged red wines have all the complexity and earthy, spicy excellence of some of the finest wines in the world, and the sparkling wines of Asti and elsewhere in Italy can easily challenge and often exceed the high standards put forward by Champagne. Thanks to excellent terrain and climatic conditions, Italy has long since proven itself a major player in the world of wines, and long may this dedication to quality and excellence continue.
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Varietal: Nebbiolo

The Nebbiolo grape varietal is widely understood to be the fruit responsible for Italy's finest aged wines. However, its popularity and reliability as a grape which gives out outstanding flavors and aromas has led it to be planted in many countries around the world, with much success. These purple grapes are distinguishable by the fact that they take on a milky dust as they begin to reach maturity, leading many to claim that this is the reason for their unusual name, which means 'fog' in Italian. Nebbiolo grapes produce wines which have a wide range of beautiful and fascinating flavors, the most common of which are rich, dark and complex, such as violet, truffle, tobacco and prunes. They are generally aged for many years to balance out their characteristics, as their natural tannin levels tend to be very high.
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Region: Piedmont

For hundreds of years, the beautiful alpine region of Piedmont in north-west Italy has been producing excellent quality red wines, and some of the most characterful sparkling white wines to have ever come out of the Old World. The region is dominated by the mighty Alps which form the border between Italy, France and Switzerland, and the Moscato grapes that are grown in the foothills of this mountain range carry much of the Alps' flavors in their fruit, and are fed by crystal clear mountain waters. However, it is the Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera grapes which are the real stars of this region, and the highly respected wineries which cover much of Piedmont have generations of experience when it comes to processing and aging these grape varietals to produce the superb wines which come out of appellations such as Barolo and Barberesco.
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Italy is recognised as being one of the finest wine producing countries in the world, and it isn't difficult to see why. With a vast amount of land across the country used primarily for vineyard cultivation and wine production, each region of Italy manages to produce a wide range of excellent quality wines, each representative of the region it is produced in. Any lover of Italian wines will be able to tell you of the variety the country produces, from the deliciously astringent and alpine-fresh wines of the northern borders, to the deliciously jammy and fruit-forward wines of the south and the Italian islands. Regions such as Barolo are frequently compared with Bordeaux and Burgundy in France, as their oak aged red wines have all the complexity and earthy, spicy excellence of some of the finest wines in the world, and the sparkling wines of Asti and elsewhere in Italy can easily challenge and often exceed the high standards put forward by Champagne. Thanks to excellent terrain and climatic conditions, Italy has long since proven itself a major player in the world of wines, and long may this dedication to quality and excellence continue.