A Chianti inspired wine from the Shenandoah Valley
Suzy and Jim Gullett established Vino Noceto in 1987 and their first vintage was 1990. The 40-acre property includes olive and walnut trees — hence the name ‘Noceto’ — in the Sierra Foothills, outside Plymouth in the Shenandoah Valley (an hour east of Sacramento). The California Gold Rush of the 1840s inspired the establishment of many vineyards and wineries, making Amador one of California's oldest winemaking regions.
Noceto grows 5 Tuscan Sangiovese clones — acquired by conventional methods, or by ‘suitcase’ — including Sangiovese Grosso from Biondi Santi & il Poggione, Sangiovese from Isole e Olena, and Sangioveto from Castello dei Rampolla. Neighbours provide some fruit for this ‘classic’ Sangiovese, and for their impressive vineyard-designated bottlings of Barbera (Linsteadt vineyard) and Zinfandel (Original Grandpère Vineyard, planted 1860s). Bobby Gullet works together with his parents and is responsible for sales & marketing.
Annual production at Vino Noceto is about 10 000 cases. The vineyards are all sustainably farmed and the Gulletts follow a rigorous waste-reduction and composting program. In fact, Noceto was among the first solar-powered wineries in the Sierra Foothills — 100% of the power to the winery and tasting room is solar generated. We love the authentic Tuscan nature of these wines, which display vibrancy usually absent in California Sangiovese. This wine has the exuberance and fruit forwardness of California, framed by medium body, fresh acidity and a wonderfully savoury edge.