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Cocito Barbaresco Riserva Baluchin 2010

ID No: 447629
Country:Italy
Regions:Piemonte
Barbaresco
Winery:Cocito
Grape Type:Nebbiolo
Vintage:2010
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Product Description

Cocito Barbaresco Riserva Baluchin is made from 100 percent Nebbiolo. 


  • Grown in calcareous clay/sandy soils
  • 360 to 400 meters above sea level located within the Bric Micca cru
  • “Baluchin” translates to “star” in Piedmontese, as one can see the stars from this vineyard that sits at the highest position within the cru
  • Fermentation for 7-8 days under temperature control
  • Malolactic occurs in oak
  • Aged in medium-toasted, small French oak barrels (10% new) for 20-22 months
  • 400 cases produced annually


Review:

I tasted this wine at the La Spinetta winery because vintner Ezio Cocito is a close friend of Giorgio Rivetti. The 2010 Barbaresco Riserva Baluchin is an extremely precise and focused expression of Nebbiolo. The aromas are razor sharp. Cocito farms some of the highest-altitude vineyards in the Barbaresco appellation at 400 meters above sea level. I can only imagine that achieving ripeness must be a challenge in the coolest vintages. The vines are 24 years old, and therefore stable and consistent in terms of their output. The vineyard measures a mere 1.2 hectares and only 4,000 bottles were made. Limestone soils push elegant aromas of blue violets, flint and campfire ash.

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Winery: Cocito

Ezio Cocito has two passions: horses and wine. It was through horses that he met a young Giorgio Rivetti, who eventually convinced him to replant his family’s moscato vineyard in Neive to Nebbiolo. In a handshake deal, Giorgio agreed to make the wine for Ezio, if Ezio would stable Giorgio’s horses. They’ve been crafting the Barbaresco ‘Baluchin’ together since 2000, and we hope this bromance never ends!

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