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Cocito 'Baluchin' Barbaresco Riserva DOCG 2012
(Piedmont, Italy)

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About the Winery:
Ezio Cocito (pronounced Co-chee-toe) comes from a family of farmers. When he purchased the Baluchin vineyard in Neive in 2000, he turned to Giorgio Rivetti for help crafting a small production Barbaresco from his family Estate. Giorgio and Ezio have been longtime friends; they share a passion for wine and a love of horses. Giorgio, who makes three award-winning single vineyard Barbareschi, was the ideal consultant for Ezio’s new project.

This Barbaresco Riserva is crafted from Nebbiolo grapes planted in the calcareous clay/sandy soil of the miniscule Bric Micca Cru, the highest point (1,200-1,300 feet above sea level) of the Baluchin vineyard in Neive. Baluchin means “star” in the Piedmontese dialect, and refers to the vineyard’s ideal position for star gazing on clear night. This is an extremely precise and focused expression of Nebbiolo, with razor sharp, elegant aromas of blue violets, flint and ash. The high altitude, and thus cooler temperatures, of the vineyard result in a particularly pretty and graceful wine that opens quite beautifully at even a young age. A close friend of Giorgio Rivetti, vitner Ezio Cocito vinifies his Baluchin at La Spinetta’s cellar in Castagnole Lanze.
  • 100% 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

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Vinous Media (for 2013):
"Cocito's 2013 Barbaresco Riserva Baluchin is a gorgeous, modern-style wine. Sumptuous and racy with no hard edges, the 2013 offers tons of immediacy and sheer appeal. Succulent black cherry, plum, tobacco, menthol and licorice build as this extroverted Barbaresco shows off its allure, which is considerable." - Antonio Galloni (2/22)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (for 2013):
"This wine is always released much later than its peers. The Cocito 2013 Barbaresco Riserva Baluchin draws its fruit from a cool and high-altitude growing site in Neive where obtaining acidity and fruit brightness is never a problem. These conditions also suggest a longer cellar-aging window. The fact that the 2013 vintage was spared major temperature spikes during the summer months further reinforces these impressions. This Riserva presents dark cassis and plum, with some spicy elements of crushed clove, balsamic herb or rosemary essence. Only 6,000 bottles were made, and I think you can be confident in the aging of this bottle." - Monica Larner (6/17/2021)