Barbaresco 'Bric Balin', Moccagatta
100% Nebbiolo grown in calcareous blue marl soils. The grapes are macerated on the skins in temperature-controlled steel tanks, then the wine is aged in French-oak barriques, of which approximately 40% are new, for 18 months. 1,800 cases produced.
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Press & Reviews
The core cherry flavors are accented by licorice, leather and sweet spice notes, allied to a dense matrix of tannins. Shows fine potential, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice. Best from 2018 through 2027. 1,250 cases made.
A soft and velvety textured red with licorice, tar and berry character. Full body. Lots of ripe fruit and intensity. Gorgeous and sexy Barbaresco. Drink now or hold.
The 2012 Barbaresco Bric Balin comes across as a bit more nervous and lean than it has in the recent past, with less of its customary near-term appeal. Bright red cherry, cranberry and white pepper notes add brightness, but the 2012 appears to have shut down post-bottling. That is probably a good thing for the long-term. The 2012 needs at least a few years in bottle, so readers will have to be patient with the Bric Balin.