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Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese

External Review by Palm Bay International:

Planeta is a Journey through Sicily which begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Etna Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese is produced at Planeta’s fifth and most recently built winery, Feudo di Mezzo, in Castiglione di Sicilia, the heart of Etna viticulture. The location is spectacularly located in the path of a lava flow from a 1566 eruption. The volcanic stone “garden” is a beautiful setting for the winery where it blends into the interesting landscape. This is one of the most famous areas of Etna, a few meters away, and in between, Planeta’s vineyards, Sciara Nuova and Montelaguardia. The history of Etna is marked by the historic eruptions which have shaped it. The eruption of 1614 is legendary for having lasted ten years, the longest in Etna’s history. The lava flows reached the borders of the Sciara Nuova vineyards. The name is strongly evocative for our Cru dell’Etna produced from Nerello Mascalese. The higher altitude black terroir confers an elegant, distinguished and balanced style to this bright and lively wine. Production Area Sicily, Castiglione di Sicilia (Etna, Catania), Italy. Grape Varieties 100% Nerello Mascalese. Vinification The grapes are picked into crates, then immediately cooled to 50°F. After hand selection, de-stemming and crushing, the grapes ferment for 12 days at 77°F in stainless steel with two stirrings each day. After about 18 days they are pressed with a vertical press and then aged in barriques for approximately 6 months. Color Luminous and clear ruby red. Bouquet Exceptional aromas of incense, medicinal herbs, hibiscus and wild fennel. Taste A bright and lively wine with compact and elegant tannins. Wild berry and black currant on the palate mix with notes of incense and beeswax. Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Wonderful match for rich meals such as truffle-based dishes, fish steaks with flavorful sauces, grilled meats, game, aged cheeses.

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Planeta:
Planeta is a wine produced by the family of the same name in various locations all over Sicily, Italy. The main estate in Sambuca di Sicilia has been in the family since the 1600s. In the 1980s, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta established the wine brand. The wines are produced around the original family estate in Sambuca di Sicilia, as well as in Menfi (where they produce the La Segreta... Read more
Planeta is a wine produced by the family of the same name in various locations all over Sicily, Italy. The main estate in Sambuca di Sicilia has been in the family since the 1600s. In the 1980s, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta established the wine brand. The wines are produced around the original family estate in Sambuca di Sicilia, as well as in Menfi (where they produce the La Segreta label of bianco and rosso), Vittoria (where they produce Cerrasuola), Noto (for Santa Cecilia) and most recently, Etna. They use a combination of indigenous Sicilian as well as international grape varieties in their wines.  Read less

External Reviews for Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
05/19/2015

Planeta is a Journey through Sicily which begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Etna Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese is produced at Planeta’s fifth and most recently built winery, Feudo di Mezzo, in Castiglione di Sicilia, the heart of Etna viticulture. The location is spectacularly located in the path of a lava flow from a 1566 eruption. The volcanic stone “garden” is a beautiful setting for the winery where it blends into the interesting landscape. This is one of the most famous areas of Etna, a few meters away, and in between, Planeta’s vineyards, Sciara Nuova and Montelaguardia. The history of Etna is marked by the historic eruptions which have shaped it. The eruption of 1614 is legendary for having lasted ten years, the longest in Etna’s history. The lava flows reached the borders of the Sciara Nuova vineyards. The name is strongly evocative for our Cru dell’Etna produced from Nerello Mascalese. The higher altitude black terroir confers an elegant, distinguished and balanced style to this bright and lively wine. Production Area Sicily, Castiglione di Sicilia (Etna, Catania), Italy. Grape Varieties 100% Nerello Mascalese. Vinification The grapes are picked into crates, then immediately cooled to 50°F. After hand selection, de-stemming and crushing, the grapes ferment for 12 days at 77°F in stainless steel with two stirrings each day. After about 18 days they are pressed with a vertical press and then aged in barriques for approximately 6 months. Color Luminous and clear ruby red. Bouquet Exceptional aromas of incense, medicinal herbs, hibiscus and wild fennel. Taste A bright and lively wine with compact and elegant tannins. Wild berry and black currant on the palate mix with notes of incense and beeswax. Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Wonderful match for rich meals such as truffle-based dishes, fish steaks with flavorful sauces, grilled meats, game, aged cheeses.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
01/13/2016

Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese 2013 - 89 Points, Vinous/ Bright red. Red berry, plum and mineral aromas and flavors are complicated by musky coffee and herb nuances plus a riper chocolate note. The fruit flavors and herbal tones play well off each other in the middle palate, leaving a sweet impression on the long, spicy finish. This is deeper and richer than the Etna Rosso but also sweeter and smoother, and with broader international appeal.



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