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2017 Planeta Noto Santa Cecilia

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June 25, 2023 - $35



94James Suckling

Plenty of iodine and volcanic ash on the nose with preserved lemon and dried cranberries...juicy and mineral on the palate with a medium body and silky tannins. Distinct ash and olive stones at the finish.

93The Wine Advocate

...balanced fruit that shows crisp acidity and polished tannins...maintains its elegance, but it also shows distinctive notes of its territory, which in Sicily are manifested as black fruit, Mediterranean herb, wild fennel, scorched earth, toasted almond and black olive.

92Vinous / IWC

...explodes from the glass with masses of crushed stone, blackberries, cherries, wild herbs and hints of brown sugar...silky in texture with depths of sapid dark fruits complemented by sweet spice and pretty violet florals that form toward the close...tapers off long to mineral-tinged wild berries framed by subtle tannins.

92Wine Enthusiast

Mature dark-skinned fruit, Mediterranean brush and spice notes mingle together in the glass. The full-bodied, elegantly structured palate offers prune steeped in spirits, vanilla, carob and licorice alongside velvety, enveloping tannins...closes on a coffee bean note.

91Wine Spectator

...finely knit red, with silky tannins defining the flavors of pureed raspberry, crushed black cherry, pretty dried thyme and licorice notes, showing a subtle, minerally tang of iron. Medium- to full-bodied and elegant, with a lingering finish of spice box and graphite.


Italy, Sicily, Noto

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and, with its 329,000 vineyard acres, Italy’s largest wine region by acreage and the quantity of wine produced. Nevertheless, only 2.1% of all Sicilian wine is DOC, or wine made according to appellation standards. Until the 1970s Sicilian wine grapes either went to make Marsala, the sweet dessert wine introduced by 18th century British wine merchants, or to cooperatives that specialized in bulk wine production. But in 1968 Sicily was awarded its first DOC, which was the Etna DOC on the southern slopes of Mt. Etna, and today there are 19 DOCs. Along with the Maremma on Tuscany’s western coast, Sicily is considered the most exciting winemaking region in Italy. Longtime family agricultural estates are being turned into high quality commercial wineries, and because land prices are low compared to other parts of Italy, enterprising young winemakers and viticulturalists – many of whom practice organic and sustainable farming – have started wineries in Sicily. Marsala is still produced, and the Marsala business is one reason why 60% of Sicily’s vineyards are planted to Catarratto, the white grape used as a base for Marsala. But dry white wines are made from Inzolia, Malvasia, Zibbio and Chardonnay. But it is Sicily’s big, complex red wines that are grabbing the attention of wine enthusiasts. Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s most common red grape, and it produces rich, somewhat spicy wines. Other red grapes are Nerello Mascalese, Frappato and French varietals.