"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.
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."
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
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.
Winery: Vino Noceto
Owners: Suzy and Jim Gullett
Location: Plymouth, CA
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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No delivery to South Dakota, but I will gladly split a case ( half, or a third) with any of the Minnesota gang, and pick it up on one of my monthly trips up North. I can’t access Casemates from work unfortunately, so I won’t be able to post here for about 12 hours, but this stuff is good.
I have been very happy with the Noceto offerings in the past.
I have never purchased 375 ml bottles except for ports and dessert wines. What are the advantages of the smaller format other than being able to carry a bottle in my pocket in case of emergencies? These could be pretty nice to carry in my backpack on Fall hikes!
@mrn1 Some evenings my wife and I want just a little wine (or just a little more), but the next evening or two she or I work late, and we’re not sure the remainder of the bottle will last 2 nights.
My sister enjoys wine greatly, but her husband is a beer man, and sometimes she hesitates on opening the full bottle, worrying if it will get finished. Another friend of mine loves alcohol, wife doesn’t drink, enter the 375.
And hiking, yes! This will definitely be accompanying my wife and I on some hikes. A few trips I’ve been on, this would have been handy.
This will also give you a steady stream of leftover 375 mL bottles, very handy for saving half a bottle of another wine. You pour the remaining half the other wine in a 375mL bottle, cork, and it will last longer in the fridge. Less surface area hitting oxygen.
Darn, I am never on at the right time anymore. I almost grabbed a case this morning at 6:30 am but decided to wait until this evening to see if there was any NE OH activity. I am in for a case as well. If anyone wants some extras please let me know as I don’t really need a 24-pack!
No Virginia! It is my great hope that it is a mistake, that will soon be fixed. Virginia was on every offer last year (including Vino Noceto!), but this year has been left off a few. We were getting spoiled.
I’m not going to dance around it… I love this deal! Really enjoyed the ‘15 at an Italian BYO. Now the remaining bottle won’t be lonely.
NJ peeps, I’m willing to share a few if there’s interest.
Since this is a 375ml bottle, and perfectly sized for a weeknight sip, I’m writing my tasting notes from a “weeknight sipper” perspective.
On the pop and pour, I’m getting red fruit aromas (mostly cherry) with a little bit of green herbs (parsley and grass). Alcohol is present, but not a deluge. On the first taste – wow! There’s a lot happening in a short sip. There’s a lot of dust, along with some tobacco and a hint of cedar. Maybe a little bit of toasted caramel as well. Yes, there is a significant cherry fruit component on the roof of the month. But there are so many other flavors happening that you’re not smacked by the fruit. Little bits of fruity components, with pops of some spice, some woody notes, and maybe a tiny hint of floral essence. All wrapped in a fairly tannic profile. Finish is moderate, consistent with what I’d expect from a Sangiovese. Legs are present, but not lingering. Also what I’d expect from a Sangiovese.
Overall, the body is light enough that I would certainly pair this with a grilled chicken or pork. It also is a natural with most Italian food that I can think of. Makes me wish I had some Italian leftovers for dinner tonight.
This is a cozy bottle to share with your sweetie on a work night. Or a tasty treat for one after a hella-long day and with no small ones needing close supervision. I’m saddened that I live in Virginia and won’t be able to take advantage of this offer.
If you subscribe to the case savings vs. Smaller allotment thread, you will get more timely emails. I dont always update it right at midnight but I usually do so by rhe following morning at the latest, which is still 12 hrs earlier than the casemates email goes out.
Just remember to thank chipgreen for his assiduous work on maintaining that thread! He’s not staff or compensated for this work - it’s one of the many community-led efforts that make CM a worthy successor to wine.woot. (And don’t yell at him if he decides to go to sleep before midnight some nights!)
@chipgreen@klezman Yes, thank you very much chipgreen - it is much appreciated! (I assume moreso by those of us who can’t be bothered to check the website every other day but would like to learn about the offers when they begin)
@chipgreen@dmers@klezman Sometimes I come across a wine or winery and think “Wasn’t this on Casemates a while back?”. Having to search through all of the main thread titles can be tedious (as you have to keep scrolling down in order for them to load). But opening the “Case Savings” thread and searching is much easier (and once you know the date of the offer it is much easier to find the associated thread). It is a wonderful concise history of the wines that have been offered.
Heh… falling asleep early more often than not lately. Thanks for the kind words. One caveat - since Friday deals are one day only, Casemates sends out an email right away for them. That is the one instance in which the official “New Offer” email will arrive before the other one.
@gman1341 The sale started at midnight Wednesday, as you can see in the discussion. The emails don’t go out until 24 hours after the sale starts (except for Friday sales). If you don’t check the sale until you get the email nudge, you run the risk of missing out on the sale entirely.
As was posted above, new sales start on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at midnight Eastern.
@gman1341 Not a big fan of the emails not coming out until much later (I’ve asked) but the solution from chipgreen a few comments up seems like that will be helpful in receiving a notification earlier.
@dmers@gman1341 i mean, its the same time, week after week after week. Same days, same time. Forget the email and check the website every monday, wednesday, friday and saturday. Takes leas than a minute. No need for hand holding.
One of my favorite wineries in Amador County. This winery happens to be my neighbor and their winemaker, Rusty Folena worked with me as assistant winemaker for 16 years. Can’t go wrong on this deal.