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Moccagatta Bric Balin 2006: Drinky Drinky

Every so often, there's a wine on the shelf that I find myself recommending to everyone - like non-stop.

Usually it's one that really fits the season and the food I've been fantasizing about lately.


It's often from one of my favorite regions.


More often than not, it's got a little bit of bottle age on it, so it's really drinky right now.


Lately, when people have asked me what I'm really digging right now, I've found myself tapping the label of this beauty - Moccagatta's Barbaresco Bric Balin 2006 - because it, yes, checks all the boxes.

Moccagatta's a great producer of value-driven Barbaresco, whose wines are, sure, a bit more on the 'modern' side of things, but they're always powerful, earthy, pungent and delicious.

And let's face it, there are some dishes (and moods) that a big, mouth-filling red just goes better with, as long as it showcases its homeland properly, and that's exactly what this Bric Balin does.

And, after a bit of time in bottle, the flesh and wood fade in and even more of the burly, tarry, mineral stuff starts to take over.

That's where this beautiful 2006 is right now.  It's dark and powerful, especially within the Barbaresco realm, but it's showing all kinds of secondary Nebbiolo nuances now that it's settled down for a decade.

As the iron-laden mid-palate works towards the finish, though, the tannins peek through to remind you that there's still plenty of life ahead of it.

While you wander around dreaming of rich holiday fare (and before I recommend it into oblivion), get your hands on a few of these because there isn't much and after that it's a goner.

Drinky, drinky...

Matt Franco