95pts Wine Spectator
Toasty oak wraps around the plum and cherry fruit in this lush red. Accents of menthol, tar and tobacco chime in as this builds to a long finish. Balanced and fresh, but needs time to integrate the oak. Best from 2023 through 2042. 400 cases made, 150 cases imported. BS
Black cherry, spice, leather, cedar and menthol infuse the 2016 Barbaresco Basarin with striking aromatic complexity. Powerful and resonant, with terrific depth, the 2016 has so much to offer. Today, a hint of reduction lingers, but otherwise, the Basarin is very pretty and expressive. The 2016 finishes with real cut and an array of floral notes that add perfume and brightness. -- Antonio Galloni
92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Barbaresco Basarin (with 6,000 bottles made) shows some evident oak definition with very ripe fruit, dark cherry and exotic spice. The Basarin is aged in oak for 18 months. This wine offers thick textural fiber and lots of succulent richness. It brings a lot of volume and depth, although the quality of the Nebbiolo here just may be a touch too ripe, and I have reduced the drinking window as a result. Some 6,000 bottles were made.
This Barbaresco is birthed from the Basarin cru in Neive, Moccagattas only single vineyard located outside of the Barbaresco township. Basarin is marked by its high altitude and calcarerous-marl soils. These estate owned vineyards, dating back to 1967, are located at a southern exposure, allowing for proper sunshine at this high elevation site. The grapes are macerated on the skins in temperature-controlled steel vats before maturing in French oak barriques for 18 months.