Eruzione 1614 Narello Mascalese
100% Nerello Mascalese
Planeta encompasses six distinct wine estates across Sicily, each one inspired and constructed in harmony with its surroundings and dedicated to its terroir.
Planeta’s journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here on Italy's most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, under the guidance of Diego Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s.
Planeta’s six boutique wineries include: Ulmo at Sambuca di Sicilia, Dispensa at Menfi, Dorilli at Vittoria, Buonivini at Noto, Sciara Nuova on Etna at Castiglione di Sicilia, and the newest addition, La Baronia at Capo Milazzo. Each vineyard site is carefully cultivated with grapes that best compliment the local terroir.
In 2012, with the goal of furthering its terroir-based approach, Planeta hired French consultants Florent Dumeau and Xaviér Choné. Both graduates of the Bordeaux school of enology, Florent and Xavier consider themselves terroir-oriented enologists, a statement that fits perfectly with Planeta’s philosophy: expressing the differences of the various terroirs throughout Sicily.
All of the company’s activities have a single theme; environmental sustainability. Through the use of solar panels and biomass production, principally pruning residues to produce energy, reusing and recycling of all materials used in the production cycle, and the exclusive use of recycled paper for packing and printed materials. Because the land is a collective benefit, Planeta considers it is a duty to make every effort in preserving it. Harvest occured for the Pietramarina on October 15th. For the Sciaranuova, on October 27th. For the Fuedo di Mezzo, on October 25th.WINEMAKING
The grapes are picked into crates, then immediately cooled to 50°F. After hand selection, de-stemming & crushing, the grapes ferment for 12 days at 77°F in stainless steel with 2 stirrings a day.TASTING NOTES
This 100% Nerello Mascalese from
lava sands presents its tasting strength and extraordinary aromas of incense and herbs, hibiscus and wild fennel.
A luminous and lyrical wine which recounts without obstacles the character and refinement of great red
mountain wines but at latitudes not far from Africa. The tannins of compact texture are extracted with elegance.
The sweetness and generosity of wild fruits and currants merges with aromas of incense and beeswax and a light
almost salty touch invites one to return to one’s glass. A wine whose character can allow the most audacious matchings with dishes of similar character. Pairs well with game, dishes with truffles, fish with complex sauces, cheese and salamis.