A bold red blend from our cellar, Noceto’s Rosso is bigger, brighter, and more fruit forward than our traditionally elegant, signature Sangiovese.
This wine has complex layers of rich dark flavors, including cherry-berry and spice. A subtle, soft tannin structure is provided from the blending in of Aglianico and Petite Sirah. Pairs well with spicy ragu and hamburgers.
Vineyards and Winemaking
Grapes for Rosso Lot2, that are sourced from our Estate Vineyards, utilize our five distinct Sangiovese clones, along with two separate selections of Aglianico (two rows Estate and the remainder from the Brown Ranch vineyard), Petite Sirah, and Alicante Bouschet. Zinfandel from the Original Grandpère Vineyard (OGP) and Barbera from the Linsteadt Vineyard fufill the other half of this blend.
Blend: 40% Sangiovese, 30% Barbera, 20% Zinfandel, 9% Aglianico, and a touch of Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah, blended post-fermentation
Barrel Regime: The wine is aged 130 gallon French Oak Puncheons to soften youthful tannins and gently age the wine—15 to 20% new oak
2015 Noceto Riserva Sangiovese, Shenandoah Valley, California
92 Points, Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast
The 2015 Riserva Sangiovese delivers fruit-packed flavor yet displays multi-faceted complexity while retaining balance and ample fruitiness, complemented by a lingering finish.
Noceto’s Brunello-style Riserva Sangiovese is blended from the best estate lots and displays superior fruit while retaining balance. Fruit-packed, full-flavored, and complex with a lingering finish, the 2015 Riserva Sangiovese goes well with grilled or roasted meats and rich pasta dishes.
Vineyards and Winemaking
86% estate Sangiovese Grosso from two different Brunello clones (cuttings sourced from Il Poggione and Altesino vineyards) and 9% Sangiovese Piccolo from neighboring Reward Ranch (cuttings sourced from Isole E Olena vineyard). The remaining 5% is a mix of Aglianico, Alicante Bouschet, and Petite Sirah. Each component is harvested and fermented separately prior to selective blending.
The fruit is gently crushed and cold-soaked for 1 to 2 days, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks and new French oak puncheons. The wine is aged for 20 months in 130-gallon French oak puncheons, 15%-20% new, to soften youthful tannins and gently age the wine.
Winemaker: Rusty Folena
Harvested: Aug 26 - Sep 30, 2015
Bottled: June 8, 2017
2011 AX-1 Sangiovese, Amador County
A super-premium, Brunello-style Sangiovese, Noceto’s AX-1 is the result of many years of experimentation to produce a California Sangiovese to rival the best Brunellos and Riserva Sangioveses from Italy. Gentle treatment has been the focus of the entire winemaking process – from a gentle crushing of the grapes and a 10-14 day fermentation in new French oak puncheons to preserve the bright varietal flavors, to 36 months of aging in the same puncheon to soften youthful tannins and gently age the wine, and finally an additional 2-1/2 years of bottle aging. The result is a fruit-packed, full-flavored, complex wine with a lingering finish. The wine has a beautifully maintained acidity which gives the wine crispness and ageability.
The 2011 AX1 exhibits a lean beauty with flavors of dark plum, cherry, leather, earth, and mushroom. It should pair well with rich dishes as beef stroganoff, cassoulet, Moroccan lamb stew, or steak au poivre.
2015 Noceto Sangiovese, Amador County Gold, San Francisco Chronicle 2018
Noceto’s flagship Sangiovese is modeled after an Old World Tuscan Chianti—medium bodied, beautiful acidity, fruit-packed, easy-drinking, well-balanced, and extremely versatile with food. This wine is widely regarded as “the best Sangiovese in California.” (Dan Berger, Darrell Corti, Mike Dunne, Elaine Taylor). 2015 marks Noceto’s 26th vintage.
The 2015 Noceto Sangiovese displays moderate ruby hues with red cherry-berry fruit aromas and bright flavors of cassis, cranberry, and rich plum. The palate is accented by subtle oak and hints of peppery spice.
Vineyards and Winemaking
Grapes are sourced from 14 separate lots and four clonal selections—47% Sangiovese Grosso, 52% Sangiovese Piccolo, and 1% Canaiolo Nero, Trebbiano, and Malvasia. Each lot is harvested and fermented separately prior to selective blending. The resultant wine is 99% Sangiovese, consisting of 92% estate grapes and 8% from neighboring Reward Ranch.
The fruit is cold-soaked prior to fermentation in stainless steel, bin, and oak fermenters for 7 to 10 days at 70°-85° Fahrenheit to preserve bright varietal characteristics. The wine ages 15
months in 130-gallon French oak puncheons to soften youthful tannins and gently age the wine—15% to 20% new oak.
Winemaker: Rusty Folena
Harvested: Aug 26 - Sept 10, 2015
Bottled: March 23-24, 2017
2013 OGP Zinfandel, The Original Grandpere Vineyard, Amador County
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
The 2013 OGP Zin is multi-dimensional—great balance and structure augmented by notes of black pepper, spice and dust along with raspberry-blueberry fruit. Pair with steak, lamb, pork loin, wild game or ratatouille.
The Original Grandpère Vineyard
Produced from the historic Original Grandpère Vineyard in California’s Shenandoah Valley of Amador County, this Zinfandel is the epitome of Sierra Foothill old-vine Zinfandel. The Grandpère is reputedly the oldest, documented, producing Zinfandel vineyard in the state, dating back to the 1860s. This is Vino Noceto’s eleventh vintage from the vineyard.
Vineyards and Winemaking
Zinfandel from The Original Grandpère Vineyard, Shenandoah Valley, CA.
The fruit is cold soaked for 1 to 2 days followed by fermentation for 14 to 20 days at 80°-95° Fahrenheit in submerged cap fermentation stainless steel tanks. This technique favors a fruit-forward, gentle extraction of flavors while retaining the black pepper spiciness for which Amador Zins are widely known. Aged 21 months in French oak barrels, 20-30% new.
Winemaker: Rusty Folena
Harvested: Oct 7, 2013
Bottled: May 27, 2015
Included in the Box
2x Noceto Rosso Tuscan Red Blend, Amador County
1x 2015 Noceto Riserva Sangiovese, Shenandoah Valley, California
1x 2011 AX-1 Sangiovese, Amador County
1x 2015 Noceto Sangiovese, Amador County
1x 2013 OGP Zinfandel, The Original Grandpere Vineyard, Amador County
Winery: Vino Noceto
Owners: Suzy and Jim Gullett
Location: Plymouth, CA
Among the pioneers who introduced Sangiovese to the New World, the Gullett family is renowned for making “California’s Best Sangiovese.” In 1985, they set out with the singular goal of making Vino Noceto California’s premiere Sangiovese producer. From just three producing acres and 110 cases in their inaugural 1990 vintage, they now farm over 25 acres and produce 10,000 cases per year, including ten different Sangioveses, a frizzante Moscato, an old vine Zinfandel, Barbera, and Pinot Grigio.
Vino Noceto has been making “California’s Best Sangiovese” for over 25 years. Located in beautiful Amador County, we now make eight different Sangioveses as well as an Old Vine Zinfandel, a slightly sparkling Moscato called Frivolo, Barbera, a Tuscan Red Blend, Pinot Grigio, and more!
Why Noceto? Noceto means walnut grove in Italian, and walnuts were a staple crop for the farm where the Noceto estate now stands. Noceto, Italy, near Parma, is the sister city of Suzy’s native town of Walnut Creek. Plus the name is short, simple, and easily said if not necessarily properly pronounced!
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FedEx Ground: Monday, August 13th - Friday, August 17th
Favorite on the old site, glad to see them back! It was fun to see them on the tour, and I think I made them laugh at the old picture of Suzy and daughter Lindy at the 2009 Family Winemakers down in Del Mar.
Couldn’t wait for this offer to show up! In for the case!
Three of the wines tasted on Tour. At < $16 a bottle on the case, a truly superior value for superior wines. Personal favorites were the AX-1 and Sangiovese Originale, which I prefer to the Riserva. OGP Zinfandel also fine. The Rosso is pizza wine; very good pizza wine, but pizza wine.
@rlmanzo Different wines, obviously, which reflect different winemaking and terroir. The Vino Noceto wines, with the possible exception of the Russo, are not “all fruit and no character” as you put it. More fruit than you’ll usually find in Tuscany (it is California), but well-balanced wines with real character. The QPR ratio is the real issue on the East coast or in places like Chicago. What makes this offer for me are the AX-1, Sangiovese Originale and OGP Zinfandel - wines of distinction which will be shared with SWMBO or other serious wine friends over fine food for which they are appropriate (SWMBO is a first rate cook). I’ll be perfectly happy with the Sangiovese Riserva (in place of a $20 Chianti I won’t then buy) for a very good dinner at home with SWMBO. I’ll take the Rosso’s to/serve them at parties: the less sophisticated wine drinkers will be thrilled while the more sophisticated wine drinkers will see them as highly drinkable wines you don’t mind serving to a wide range of palates.
@rpm only an AUYOBUY if there is a shipping hold until fall, but thanks for your opinion. Actually not an rpm auyobuy for me anyway because I don’t believe in anyone’s auyobuy, there is no such thing.
(and no such thing as an autobuy either)
@mrn1, @chipgreen Either of you want to split a case? I haven’t ordered yet, but 1st response will get an even split of the case. If it was a straight case and not a mix, I’d split 3 ways. Let me know. Text or call cell.
I received one of these to Lab Rat (riserva), but unfortunately I was only given a few hours between delivery and the deal going active, so I didn’t have time. I fear it’ll get me booted from the program, but I’m not sure how I was supposed to get this done with no advance notice.
I also note that I was sent a bottle of wine to test that I’m not actually permitted to buy here due to my location, which has a familiar sting.
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Almost 12 years later and I’m still here…
Noceto was my first wine.woot in August 2006. Visited them in 2010 before rpm tour 2 and again last week during 5. Definitely one of my favorites! In for a case.
I bought lots of stuff over at wine.woot and am inclined to buy a case of this for Minnesota delivery. Just a quick question. I know Wine David did something special with summer shipments at wine.woot to best assure wine didn’t melt . Is that still happening here? I’d be somewhat concerned with an August delivery if that wasn’t still happening.
@hail2skins So, I just had a case of Kent Rasmussen’s delicious Esoterica wine delivered via the summer shipping option last week, after receiving a half case order of Scott Harvey wines a week earlier via standard shipping, primarily because the cases were sold out as well as the expedited shipping. I had the half case held at my local Walgreen’s, which is an unbelievable free FedEx service, so by the time I picked up the wine it was room temperature. The case I received last week, via the expedited service, was also at room temperature upon delivery, and the (tiny) ice packs were completely thawed and also at room temperature. I had a real scare with a prior shipment of WineSmith Cabernet Franc which was hot to the touch when delivered, but I am pleased to say I had a bottle tonight and it was awesome. I ordered a case of the mixed reds tonight, with the expedited delivery. For me, a 2500 mile trip in two days, without a weekend layover, even with the scrawny ice packs, is a true bargain!! Thanks, @Winedavid49
@davidd13@hail2skins@Winedavid49 I recently had a case shipped via expedited shipping. It arrived during a scorching Chicago heat wave. I had it held at a local grocery store and picked it up about 6 hours after it arrived. Like you, the cold packs were at “room temperature”, but when I checked the interior temperature of the box it was at 71.8F. After sitting in my 76F home for 4 hours (before I took it down to the basement) it was up to 72.0F. This suggests to me that the cold packs did their job keeping the interior of the shipment cool for the time in transit (as I am quite sure that the grocery store was above 72F).
Pulled a 2007 Noceto Sangiovese Riserva out of the cellar. Pop-n-pour into Zin glasses. SWMBO says “Tastes like California to me”…Where in California?..“Amador”. Bingo! Tastes fresh, great fruit, cherries and red fruits, very well integrated. No harsh tannins or bitterness. Long finish. What a pleasure to drink this wine.
I’ve been so good at resisting lately. I’m a club member and this is still a good deal with the AX-1 in the mix. Vino Noceto wines are definitely among my favorites - great with food or without, and they always seem to disappear quickly when opened.
@vaaccess I found this version of the Rosso to be significantly more interesting and balanced than the prior version that we got in a woot case a year or two ago. It is pretty fruit-forward, to be sure, but sometimes that’s what you want!
I think it’s actually more interesting than the Nutz that we served at our wedding, although the last couple bottles of that have aged surprisingly well.
@LindyatNoceto@Winedavid49 Interestingly, and incredibly, customer service told me that they were out of shipping cases for expedited shipping. But I say “incredibly” because expedited shipping for cases was back in play for subsequent offerings. So, why would this only have been an issue for one day of the Noceto offering?
I’m glad I checked the site today. I keep going to my account settings and turning on the option to get an email for new deals but it never sticks. I’m bad at remembering to look at sites so I’ve barely checked here the past couple months. I told support about it last week but apparently it’s still broken. I got an email about Wednesday’s deal but the setting is off again. I guess the bright side is that I’m holding on to more of my paycheck.
For all of the difficult to ship to states that called us at 209.245.6556 x4 today, sorry that you got a gentleman (my dad) who had no idea what you were talking about. Please call us again tomorrow if you’d like the deal! @suzyatnoceto will be ready for you.
We’ve been hoping to see Noceto here. We first tried it via the old site and have really enjoyed it-- I think we’re down to two bottles, so the timing is good (and the wines are even better).
Looking forward to the restock and trying some varieties we haven’t had!
First casemates purchase! I bought Vino Noecto twice over at the website that shall not be named. Glad to see it up, especially a variety of stuff. In for a case. I’m going to risk the non-expedited shipping as I’m in socal and it’s going straight to my work- we’ll see.
These are go to wines in my cellar. The winemaker, Rusty started working with me at Santino when he was 14 years old. We worked together for 16 years. He is making great and enjoyable wines for Vino Noceto.
@klezman they use to do that all the time to us in Santa Clara. They get lazy and don’t want to carry the box to the door. So they fill out a door tag ahead of time and just slap it on. Caught them in the act doing this twice.
I really wish there was some recourse we could pursue against FedEx when this $#!t happens.
I do quite like having my default address be a FedEx office however.
Most always mid morning delivery and an email ~10 ish from the staff informing me of the delivery, should https://www.packagetrackr.com
not have already sent me a delivery confirmation.
Picked up my case today. Generally seems fine. The two bottles of Riserva had slightly protruding corks (~1mm above the glass), but none of the other bottles did. Maybe someone can say if their corks seem the same?
That’s warmer than the outside temp here today and it was mid-60s overnight, so imagine what the bottle temp was coming up from St. Louis Monday and Tuesday if it just cooled off to 77º by noon today after 18+ hrs. of 65º-70º outdoor temps. And what happens when it’s 85º or 90º here like it usually is this time of year?
I will continue to bite my lip and use expedited shipping with ice packs for as long as the hub that serves us is based in St. Louis…