2007 Vino Noceto "OGP" Amador County Zinfandel

SKU #1075729 Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (11/2011)

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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.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2012 | Send Email
This is a serious wine. From the original Grandpere (OGP) Vineyard, which was planted in the 1860's and is still in production today as California's (and the world's) oldest documented Zinfandel vineyard, this wine represents a truly noble expression of the varietal. There is a density and concentration here unlike that found in younger Zinfandels, with intense red fruit aromas and flavors accompanied by a profound mineral component suggestive of iron or copper. Fine tannins lead you along an earthy, focused finish. The is showing well now but certainly can age much, much longer.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.