NOCERA DOC

2016 Italy Sicily
90 Points

Planeta is small La Baronia estate on Sicily’s northwest coast includes a handful of nocera vines planted on Capo Milazzao, a narrow promonitory that juts out into the sea with views of the Acolian islands.  Native to the region, nocera typically appears in blends to bulk up the color and structure. Here, the grapes underwent a one-week maceration, gaining a deep ruby color and firm tannins to frame the flavors of fresh strawberry, red currant, pomegranate and herbs.The 2016 is the second vintage of this wine; it’s a project worth watching.  - S.J.

 

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Wine & Spirits JUNE 2019
NOCERA DOC

BLANC MÉDITERRANÉE

2016 France Languedoc
88 Points

BEST BUY: A blend of 35% Grenache Blanc, 25% Vermentino, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Sauvignon Blanc, this opens with lovely herbal notes of thyme, lavender and coriander, with some lime leaf, green melon and white peach tones to support. A pleasant bitterness lends texture to the palate, while the finish is clean and fresh. Drink up. – L.B.

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Wine Enthusiast AUGUST 2018
BLANC MÉDITERRANÉE Best Buy