Dark in color Lovely rich nose. On the mid pallet there are lovely rich red berries backed by some bold firm tannins on a dry finish with some nice spicy peppery notes. This wine has some lovely complexity to it. I would give it an 89-90. Sadly not at the LCBO.
From the Winery’s web site for the 2011 vintage:
2011 NOCETO SANGIOVESE, 750ML
Noceto’s flagship Noceto Sangiovese is modeled after the Tuscan Chianti – medium-bodied, fruit-packed, easy-drinking, well-balanced, and highly versatile with food. This wine is widely regarded as “the best Sangiovese in California.” (Dan Berger, Darrell Corti, Mike Dunne, Elaine Taylor). The 2011 vintage is Noceto’s 22nd vintage release. Grapes were sourced from 16 separate lots of six different clonal selections. Each lot was harvested and fermented separately, then later selectively blended. The resulting blend is 100% Sangiovese and consists of 65% estate grapes, 25% from neighboring vineyards, and the remaining 10% from the Gimelli Vineyard in Hollister & Masut Vineyards in Mendocino County.