2007 Vino Noceto "OGP" Amador County Zinfandel
Noceto is a Sangiovese specialist in the Sierra Foothills but does a nice job with Zinfandel here, sourcing from the "original" Grandpere Vineyard, which dates back to the 1860s and which the winery says may be the oldest producing Zin vineyard in the world. The wine is classic old-vine, good and juicy with blackberry predominant, but also tannic and brambly, dusty.
Since the late-1980s, the folks at Vino Noceto have been making some of California's most notable versions of Sangiovese; high quality Zinfandel seemed like a natural progression. OGP stands for "Old Grand-Père" Vineyard, a historic site in the Sierra Nevada foothills that dates back to the 1860s, and the wine from here in Vino Noceto's hands, seems to have more in common with the traditional, more delicate styles of Italian Primitvo than a bombshell California Zin. Peppery, with filigreed raspberry and blberry fruit, plus a dash of nutmeg and earthy spice, this layered Zin has good acidity and firm tannins and would be absolutely delicous with beef braciole or lamb.