2007 Produttori del Barbaresco "Muncagota" Barbaresco Riserva (Pre-Arrival)
A whiff of tomato and vegetal aromas leads off, with notes of rose and plum. This is a big red, broad and rangy, settling into plum and cherry flavors that linger on the long, spicy finish. There's a fine core of sweet fruit, and this changes a lot with air. Best from 2015 through 2028.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The Produttori's new name for the wine previously called Moccagatta): Good medium red. Menthol and talc on the nose, with a cherry note blossoming as the wine opened in the glass. Sweet, horizontal and full without being at all heavy. Dark fruit flavors and good energy reflect the cool site. Turns more dry and classic on the back end, showing excellent depth of texture, along with a medicinal reserve and serious grip. This has the backbone to age slowly and gracefully.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Muncagotta is the most forward of the 2007 Riservas. Sweet tobacco, leather, dried flowers and dark cherries are some of the notes that emerge from the glass. The Muncagotta comes across as rather feminine, with less of the radiance and lushness of the best wines of the year. The aromas and flavors are already a bit advanced, which isnít terribly surprising considering the site and year. Ideally the Muncagotta is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. Readers shoud note the new spelling for this wine, which reflects the updated vineyard designations that went into effect in Barbaresco with the 2007 vintage. The Muncagotta is the new name for the wine and vineyards previously known as Moccagatta. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.