2002 Moccagatta Barbaresco

Medium amber-edged red. Diffuse aromas of strawberry and mint. Reasonably firm in the mouth but a bit tart-edged with acidity. A wine of moderate depth and structure. A bit dry on the end.


2001 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin

($53) Medium red. Reticent nose dominated by nutty, spicy oak. Juicy, spicy and firmly built, with flavors of raspberry and mint. A bit tough on the front half, then broader on the back, but not especially sweet. Finishes with some substantial oak tannins that will require five or six years of aging. In a tougher style for a wine from this producer. Not currently showing the thickness or fruit of a sample I tasted from barrel two years ago.


2001 Moccagatta Barbaresco Basarin

($53) Good medium red. Expressive aromas of plum, raspberry, spices, game and earth. Large-scaled, plummy and rich, with harmonious acidity giving the wine a juicy quality. Nicely perfumed in the mouth and long on personality. Finishes with broad tannins and very persistent, ripe flavors of plum, coffee and chocolate. Wonderfully approachable Barbaresco with the material to age gracefully.


2001 Moccagatta Barbaresco Cole

($75) Bright medium red. Plum and redcurrant on the rather high-toned nose, with notes of tobacco, hazelnut and coffee. Big, chewy and rich, with rather exotic flavors of mocha, cappuccino, marzipan and chocolate hazelnut truffle. Distinctly liqueur-like, sweet and long, with lush tannins. (Marc de Grazia; numerous importers, including Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; Vin Divino, Chicago, IL; and Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, CA)

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