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2010 AX-1 Sangiovese

2010 AX-1 Sangiovese
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A super-premium, Brunello-style Sangiovese, Noceto's AX-1 is the result of many years of experimentation to produce a California Sangiovese to rival the best Brunellos and Riserva Sangioveses from Italy. Gentle treatment has been the focus of the entire winemaking process -- from a gentle crushing of the grapes and a 10-14 day fermentation in new French oak puncheons to preserve the bright varietal flavors, to 36 months of aging in the same puncheon to soften youthful tannins and gently age the wine, and finally an additional 2-1/2 years of bottle aging. The result is a fruit-packed, full-flavored, complex wine with a lingering finish, exhibiting flavors of dark plum and cherry, leather, earth, and mushroom. It should pair well with rich dishes as beef stroganoff, cassoulet, Moroccan lamb stew, or steak au poivre.

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Thomas Bevins
(Jan 14, 2018 at 10:45 AM)
This is a delightful wine that is well described in the paragraph above: " a fruit-packed, full-flavored, complex wine". I think a lot of fruit-forward wines lack a "rich" or "complex" flavor. Disclaimer - I am partial to fruit forward wines, and shy away from astringent wines. However, I have found that richer, more complex wines tend more toward the savory end of the spectrum. Thanks to my son, I have had the opportunity to enjoy a few "tasting" trips to Amador and Napa. We are very fond of Vino Noceto, On a recent trip I bought a bottle of AX-1 and I have decided it is my favorite wine. Fruit-forward, AND complex/rich. I am an educator, and have long had a negative opinion of "grade inflation". I find it difficult to give a 100% grade because that to me means that it could not be better, That is one reason why I rated this wine a "4". Also, I am very far from being an authority on wine - so I am shy about proclaiming to know that this is a 5 out of 5. To me it is a "5", but for public proclamation I will only claim a 4, but go on to say that I have found no wine I like more. If the only other rating for this wine was not a 1 out of 5 I would not have even given this review, but I could not hold back when I saw the first review. (Odd that the rating was 1 out of 5, but the text was all about sleep apnea and not this wine). This is a very good wine.

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