“Brothers Sergio and Franco Minuto make excellent, modern styled Barbarescos from their vineyards in Barbaresco and Neive…Readers looking for an elegant and modern interpretation of Barbaresco will find much to admire in the Moccagatta wines.”– Wine Advocate
Founded in 1952, Franco and Sergio Minuto’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 – Basarin, Cole, and Bric Balin – each one vinified separately so as to enhance the character particular to the terroir.
“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 the sole bottler of the “Cole” 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. “Bric Balin,” 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. Sergio’s daughter, Martina, and Franco’s son, Stefano, are now fully involved in the daily operations of the estate.
Vineyard Management: Moccagatta takes part in 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, through a combination of methods that includes sexual confusion and the integration of strategically-placed birdhouses in the vineyards. Sulfur- and copper-based products are used at the minimum dosage levels possible. 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.
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