Santa Cecilia Nero d'Avola Noto DOC

Planeta

APPELLATION

Sicily

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Nero d'Avola

WINEMAKERS

Patricia Toth

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.30
Alcohol
14%

2013

91POINTS

Wine & Spirits
OCTOBER 2018
2015

94POINTS

Wine Advocate
DECEMBER 2018
BACKGROUND

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.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

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 on September 20th.

WINEMAKING

The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed; followed by 12 days of maceration on the skins in stainless steel tanks.

AGING

After fermentation, the wine is matured for 14 months in Allier oak casks.

TASTING NOTES

A very spicy fruity wine, brilliant and
clear, perfumed with carob, bergamot and orange peel. The compact ripe fruit and balsamic notes on the palate
dissolve in a sweet and vigorous manner to accompany tannins of dense texture but also open and calibrated
to the structure of this wine of deep baritone tones.Traces of graphite confer elements of a high tasting
lineage while cleverly elicited wild blackberry and cherry maintain the wine on a register of rigorous style and
taste. A wine which has no fear of the riskiest matchings such as pork marinated with chili pepper or dishes of fish with rich fibrous flesh.

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