in 1952, Franco and Sergio Minutoâ€™s extraordinary 10-hectare Moccagatta estate
holds vines in the two townships of Barbaresco and Neive. The Barbarescos come
from three crus of radically different character â€“ Basarin, Cole, and Bric
Balin â€“ each one vinified separately so as to enhance the character particular
to the terroir.
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 the sole bottler of the â€śColeâ€ť vineyard (considered a
continuation of the famous Montestefano cru, near Barbaresco), of which they
own just .5 hectares. Matured in barrique, this is an opulent, muscular wine of
great longevity, with silken texture. â€śBric Balin,â€ť named after a cherry tree on the
home property, 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. Moccagatta also makes small
quantities of a deliciously pure Dolcetto.
Sergioâ€™s daughter, Martina, and Francoâ€™s son, Stefano, are now fully involved
in the daily operations of the estate.