Wine Details

Cocito Barbaresco Riserva DOCG Baluchin

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.





Barbaresco DOCG


100% Nebbiolo

Number of bottles produced:

400 cs

Production area:

Baluchin, Neive


1200-1300 feet above sea level

Age of vines:

19 years


20 hl/ha


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


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

Alcohol content:



Calcareous clay and sand



First vintage:



La Spinetta, Castagnole delle Lanze


Recent press reviews


Cocito Barbaresco Riserva DOCG Baluchin 2015

Vinous Media (93)- "The 2015 Barbaresco Riserva Baluchin is a powerful, dense wine. Black fruit, tobacco, cedar, menthol, chocolate and licorice all run through this brooding, somber Barbaresco."


Cocito Barbaresco Riserva DOCG Baluchin 2013

Wine Advocate (93)- "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."


Cocito Barbaresco Riserva DOCG Baluchin 2013

Vinous Media (92)- "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."