Wine Details

Cocito Barbaresco Baluchin Riserva DOCG

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


Baluchin, Neive


20 hl/ha


Aged in medium toasted, small French barrels (30%) new for 20-22 months, no filtration or clarifying

Alcohol content:


Age of vines:

19 years


400 cs


Calcareous clay and sand

Average altitude:

1200-1300 feet above sea level


7 to 8 days in temperature controlled rotofermenters, malolactic fermentation in oak



First vintage:



La Spinetta, Castagnole delle Lanze


Recent press reviews


Cocito Barbaresco Baluchin Riserva DOCG 2011

Vinous Media (92)- "The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Baluchin is wonderfully open and racy, which makes it an excellent choice for drinking over the near and medium term. Sweet red cherry, wild flowers, mint, white chocolate and a kiss of French oak complement the natural richness of the vintage nicely. Gracious and light on its feet, the 2011 shows plenty of Nebbiolo translucence in a forward, racy style. My sense is that the Baluchin would be even better with a less oak influence, something this wine doesn't really need. "


Cocito Barbaresco Baluchin Riserva DOCG 2010

Wine Advocate (93)- "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."


Cocito Barbaresco Baluchin Riserva DOCG 2009

Wine Advocate (92)- "The Cocito 2009 Barbaresco Riserva Baluchin is a slightly softer and fruitier expression of Nebbiolo compared to the more linear 2008 vintage of the same wine. This Riserva shows abundant aromas of red fruit, pressed rose, cola, licorice, tar and tilled earth. The presentation is smooth, rich and enduring. Stylistically speaking, this is an opulent and generous expression of Nebbiolo. "