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- Nocera 2016 Press 93+ VIN Aug19
- Nocera 2016 Press 90 WA Dec 18
- Nocera 2016 Press 90 WE Dec18
- Nocera 2016 Press 91 JS Oct18
- Nocera 2016 Press 90 W&S Jun19
Planeta’s journey began at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here, 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. Planeta today, encompasses six distinct wine estates in five regions across Sicily; Vittoria, Capo Milazzo, Etna, Noto and Menfi – each one inspired and constructed in harmony with its surroundings and dedicated to its terroir.
Nocera, a marine red wine, with aromas of Mediterranean macchia, myrtle and garrigue, is an ancient and noble variety cultivated on a few hectares in the environs of Messina, on the shores of the Mediterranean and sharing its history. At Capo Milazzo La Baronia is a splendidly spectacular vineyard surrounded by the sea and by very old olive trees, with five of the seven Aeolian islands on the horizon.
The Barone Lucifero Foundation owns the land and benefits from part of the income deriving from the wine sales, thus financing the socio-cultural and welfare activities for local children which take place at La Baronia.
This noble Nocera vine is cultivated on just a few hectares in the province of Messina. The vines are still young and so also is the structure of the wine, which remains utterly original. Soils are alluvial in origin; they are loose, dark, deep and have a structure containing moderate amounts of granite, generally very silty, and with a 50-60cm mix of volcanic ash blown here from Etna by the wind. Altitude: 40 metres above sea level.
2020 was a decidedly dry vintage, particularly at the beginning, after a dry winter but followed by a good distribution of rain in the spring and summer. Nocera, being vigorous and generous, loved this type of vintage and turned out very balanced. A fall in production was notable, about 30%. It was a memorable harvest, classic in terms of lesser quantity but perfect quality.
Harvesting took place September 4–5th. The grapes were gathered by hand into 15–17kg crates and as soon as they arrived at the winery, passd to the sorting table for selection, then destalked. They fermented in stainless steel and remained on the skins for 10 days at 77°F with manual pressing and pumping over. Racking with soft pressing followed, and the malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel.TASTING NOTES
Intense and deep ruby reflections. On the nose, white pepper, geranium and summer fruit, with prunes and ripe Noto figs. It is mellow and soft in the mouth, a typical characteristic of this ancient and undiscovered Sicilian variety. Pairs perfectly with grilled meats.