Disclaimer: I have not visited Moccagatta before. And honestly, haven’t tried many of their wines. However, a few weeks ago my friend served me the Bric Balin 2016 blind and it blew me away! Which then led to my new interest in the Moccagatta wines.
Nebbiolo for Barolo or Nebbiolo for Barbaresco? The grape may be the same, but the end results are quite different. Why? Climate has a lot to do with it. So does soil. The “Map Man” makes great 3d maps of the different areas, that show you how different the soil, altitude & exposition are in the different cities of Piemonte.
Even though I tend to stay within the confounds of Barolo, I do try to venture out and try wines from all over Piemonte (and the world). And Barberasco is not exactly very far away from Barolo. Although I have not tried all wines from Barbaresco, I normally prefer the wines from Barolo. But the Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin 2016 really impressed me.
Moccagatta Bric Balin 2016
2016 produced some really big wines. Often compared to 2010, wines from 2016 will benefit from staying in the cellar for quite a few years.
The tannins are big, but they disappear fairly quickly and you’re left with beautiful fruit flavors. The wine lasts long in the mouth and it’s hard to put the glass down. If you drink it now, having some food with a glass will go a long way. Some air might also be beneficial to the drinking experience.