Moccagatta has been on a roll of late. For some reason, this small, family-run estate doesnt seem to get a lot of attention in some circles. Perhaps the house style is a bit out of favor these days. The Moccagatta Barbarescos are made with an approach that was once defined as modern, but today, 30 years after darker, richer wines started to come into favor, I am not sure modern is the right term.
This Barbaresco is birthed from the Basarin cru in Neive, Moccagattas only single vineyard located outside of the Barbaresco township. Basarin is marked by its high altitude and calcarerous-marl soils. These estate owned vineyards, dating back to 1967, are located at a southern exposure, allowing for proper sunshine at this high elevation site.
Black cherry, spice, leather, cedar and menthol infuse the 2016 Barbaresco Basarin with striking aromatic complexity. Powerful and resonant, with terrific depth, the 2016 has so much to offer. Today, the Basarin is very pretty and expressive. The wine finishes with a real cut and an array of floral notes that add perfume and brightness.