Noto Nero d'Avola
100% Nero d'Avola
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 took place between the 15th and 20th of September.WINEMAKING
De-stemming and crushing is followed by 16 days of maceration on the skins.AGING
After racking, the wine is aged for 10 months in 2 and 3 year old Allier oak barriques.TASTING NOTES
Typical characteristic of Nero d'Avola di Noto, with aromas of mulberry, blackberry, and carob together with bay, incense and balsamic notes. Vibrant acidity and dense but soft tannins from its period in oak. On the palate its character originating from the Noto area is confirmed, with elegance and structure of the wine perfeclty combined. From pork to lamb, the wine expresses its best with all char-grilled meats. To be tried with a traditional recipe such as "salsiccia sul coppo."