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1996 Moccagatta "Bric Balin" Barbaresco

SKU #232203 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Very good deep red. Sweet, sappy aroma dominated by roasted plum. Thick, palate-caressing fruit offers outstanding depth of flavor and sweetness. Very fine tannins coat the entire mouth. Very strong finishing fruit. The clear standout today among the trio of '96s. (ST) Inner quote mark (11/1998)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The sensational 1996 Barbaresco Balin displays a saturated ruby color, and a provocative nose of black cherry liqueur, melted road tar, vanillin, and floral scents. Full-bodied, with layers of glycerin and fruit, this is a mouth-coating, rich, surprisingly silky-textured Barbaresco. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/1999)

K&L Notes

Franco Minuto is one of Barbaresco’s most interesting winemakers and a classic example of Piemontese hospitality. His 96 Moccagatta Barbaresco 'Bric Balin' is filled with dense ripe chocolatey fruit with soft subtle tannins that give the wine great structure and length. Superb ripeness on the palate, in fact there is so much fat here it is hard to imagine. Age for a decade minimum for maximum enjoyment.

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