Nuggucciet Cellars

Owner(s) Nancy Briley, Russ Briley
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Nuggucciet Cellars

Russ and Nancy Briley released their first vintage of Pinot Noir from the 2009 vintage. The name Nuggucciet is a mixture of the names of the two owner's dogs, Nugget and Gucci. It is pronounced "New Gaa Shay." The grapes were sourced from "The Mesa" block of the Riverbench Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley planted to Martini clone on its own rootstock. In 2011, grapes were sourced from Oregon for a Willamette Valley bottling. With the 2013 vintage, some fruit from Clos Pepe Vineyard was added to the Riverbench grapes.

The wines are produced at Cantara Cellars in Camarillo with the assistance of owner and winemaker Mike Brown.

Russ is a wine writer for the Ventura County Star.

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2009 Nuggucciet Cellars Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.68. 38 cases, $25. Inaugural release from Russ and Nancy Briley. Sourced from Riverbench Vineyard. Martini clone. Name is pronounced “New ga shay,” and is a combination of the owners’ two dogs’ names: Nugget and Gucci. Vinified with consultant Mike Brown of Cantara Cellars at RNB Wineworks in Camarillo, CA. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of strawberries and rose garden. An elegant and easy drinking wine offering demure flavors of red berries and cherries with a hint of spice and sandalwood. Soft on the palate with supple but noticeable tannins, offering commendable balance. Unusually light and red fruited (not in a negative sense) for a Martini clone Pinot Noir. Source: website. Good (+). Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »