Moccagatta   Piedmont, Italy  
 
 
 
  Franco and Sergio Minuto's extraordinary 11-hectare Moccagatta estate holds vines in the two townships of Barbaresco and Neive. The Barbarescos come from three crus of radically different character – Basarin, Cole, and Bric Balin – each one vinified separately so as to enhance the character particular to the terroir.
The “Basarin”, from vines around Neive, has sweet black fruits and currants on the nose, but is firm and lean on the palate, providing excellent nearer-term drinking. Moccagatta is sole bottler of the “Cole” vineyard (considered a continuation of the famous Montestefano cru, near Barbaresco). Matured in barrique, this is an opulent, muscular wine of great longevity, with silken texture.  The “Bric Balin” is the jewel of the three Barbarescos, an elegant, velvety wine with dense red fruits, cocoa and spice, matured entirely in part-new barriques.  A barrel-fermented Barbera of remarkable complexity also comes from the Basarin, a well-known source of excellent Barbera. Another plot is devoted to Chardonnay; these are world-class Chardonnays, considered among the best produced in Italy (particularly the full-bodied “Buschet.”) Moccagatta also makes small quantities of a deliciously pure Dolcetto.
Moccagatta also takes part the EU regulation to encourage low-environmental-impact methods and to improve the preservation of natural resources in rural areas through agricultural and environmental measures.
Integrated insect and disease control is carried out. Sulfur- and copper-based products are mainly used and at the minimum dosage levels possible. No systemic plant protection products (products which act by systemic transport through the sap of the plant) are used. Only organic fertilizers (manure) are used. This manure comes from traditional cattle farms where no concentrated feed is given to the animals. Cover crops (grass cover) are left between the rows of vines. In the summer the grass is mowed. In some years (not all), the soil is tilled and manure is worked into the soil. The soil is tilled between one vine and another in each row to avoid the use of any herbicides. 
 
 
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Barbaresco DOCG, Moccagatta 2010    
Barbaresco DOCG, Moccagatta 2011    
Barbaresco, 'Basarin', Moccagatta 2010    
Barbaresco, 'Basarin', Moccagatta 2011    
Barbaresco, 'Bric Balin', Moccagatta 2005   (3000ML)
Barbaresco, 'Bric Balin', Moccagatta 2006    
Barbaresco, 'Bric Balin', Moccagatta 2008    
Barbaresco, 'Bric Balin', Moccagatta 2010    
Barbaresco, 'Bric Balin', Moccagatta 2011    
Barbaresco, 'Bric Balin', Moccagatta 2011   (1500ML)
Barbaresco, 'Bric Balin', Moccagatta 2011   (3000ML)
Barbaresco, 'Cole', Moccagatta 2006    
Barbaresco, 'Cole', Moccagatta 2010    
Barbaresco, 'Cole', Moccagatta 2011    
Barbera d'Alba, Moccagatta 2013    
Dolcetto d'Alba, Moccagatta 2013    
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
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