I decided to bring this to the MN gathering last night, because I thought "OK, I have nothing to impress the pros/semi-pros there with - so, what would be helpful to the community?".
I ended up taking the Noceto up on sale right now on Wine.Woot Plus and.... tadaaaa the Mirage.
Nobody gave me advance notice/any indication that this would be up on sale again, I never got a lab rat bottle either, but I figured "this was one of the most controversial offerings lately.... let us give other folks the chance to chip in their 2 cents".
I did not get a tasting bottle of it either, but I gave the community a hard time with being doubtful about the offering....
so with not much further ado.... my notes....
the group who tried it was a mixed crowd, mixed preferences: beer lovers, cab fans, zin-fan-atics, sweet Riesling/moscato friends... you name it. one was a chef by profession.
I brought a seriously big, heavy decanter and poured it in there around 6:30 pm, even put a Post-it on the decanter to let it decant 2+ hours and shook and swirled it vigorously.
a few folks took the opportunity to taste the wine with the fizz still there:
most said that this seems to have potential to be a rather big Cab. nose and color were good. tasting was weird because of the fizz being the overwhelming sensation on the tongue. not bubbly, but prickly.
fast forward 3-4 hours at least and some serious swirling ->
first of all, no fizz left.
my personal experience was, that it was very oaky with some cedar notes over a good body. did not get a lot of fruitiness out of it, but others might disagree, wine tasting is fairly personal.
everybody agreed that it was NOT bad at this point. note that a previous bottle I had did not come across as being so oaky. variations between bottles can happen, but none were 'bad' so far.
another fellow wooter who owns this would open the bottle and decant typically when preparing lunch, but then drink at dinner.
note that at least for me, the bottles I had were different after all, it can be an inconsistent wine. no single bottle was bad though after the fizz was gone.
what you get is a bottle of wine that without the fizz would easily be a good value at $20-$25. it would not be a $30-$50+ bottle, but what you pay for is depending on if you unlocked free shipping and depending on your sales tax about $8-$9.
so, in my humble opinion, once you unfizzed it, it will be one of the best QPRs you can get on woot (if you like Cabs at all).
This is just my personal opinion and I am getting nothing out of it sharing it.