Wine Spectator 92 points - "This evokes aromas of cherry, leather, licorice, tar and balsamico. Tight and sinewy, offering a fine, lingering aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral."
Brothers Franco and Sergio Minuto's 11-hectare Moccagatta estate holds vines in the two townships of Barbaresco and Neive. Their Barbarescos come from three crus of different character Basarin, Cole, and Bric Balin each one vinified separately so as to enhance the character particular to the terroir. Basarin is marked by its high altitude and calcerous-marl soils. The Minuto brothers' estate Basarin vineyards were planted in 1967 and 1968. The Barbaresco DOCG which is a blend of vineyards undergoes fermentation and maceration with the skins for 7 days. The wine matures for one year in barriques (20% new, 80% second and third use), then is finished in the bottle for a minimum of 10 months. Moccagatta typically makes under 400 cases of this handcrafted Barbaresco.