Noto Rosso DOC

One of the first iconic Sicilian wines

It’s the most important wine of the Estate, made with indigenous Nero d'Avola blended with Syrah and Cabernet Franc, all rigorously bush trained, to find a new personal style. The name "Doppiozeta" highlights the "core" of the Mazzei name.

Appellation: Noto Rosso DOC
Winery location: Contrada Zisola - Noto (Siracusa)
Grape varieties: 60% Nero d'Avola, 30% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14,82% vol.
Total acidity: 5,59‰
Vineyards location: 130 m.a.s.l.; S/E exposure
Soil: Medium texture, calcareous and mineral
Training system: Head-pruned bush vines
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5,550
Harvest: Hand picked from September 1st (Nero d'Avola), from August 25 (other grapes)
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30° C
Period of maceration: 14 - 16 days
Aging: 16 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 50% new)
Bottling: March 2010
Refining in bottle: 8 months
Available on the market: December 2010
Production: 30,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
First vintage: 2006
Aging potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Muscular, explosive spices and fruit flavors, thick but elegant taste
Food pairing: Roasted meats, spicy stews, aged cheeses

James Suckling - 93 pts

Technical sheet


2008 was an exceptional year featuring an annual weather pattern that had incredible consequences for grapes. The winter season was characterized by periods of widespread instability. The summer months elapsed with stable and low rainfall. The middle of August has featured average temperatures that were lower than the average of the period due to strong temperature fluctuations that persisted until the first week of September. These conditions, combined with an absence of significant rainfall and low relative humidity, have resulted in a exceptional ripeness of grapes with an accumulation of coloring and flavoring of the highest quality. The harvest was completed September 21 with the Nero d'Avola. The wines are characterized by a large concentration in color, aromas and tannins that are very fine and silky.
Evaluation: Outstanding