The 2013 Sicilia Carricante Eruzione 1614 is absolutely spectacular and very reflective of its evident volcanic origins. The bouquet presents itself in clear layers. First are the drying mineral tones with lingering notes of ash and smoke. Once those lift, the wine warms up to peach, melon and candied orange peel. The layering is seamless and the wine builds momentum in the mouth thanks to its long persistency and balanced consistency. The drinking window here is generous and the wine should evolve further.
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Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese
Grape Varieties100% Nerello Mascalese.
DescriptionPlaneta 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 Italys 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 Planetas 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, Planetas 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 Etnas history. The lava flows reached the borders of the Sciara Nuova vineyards. The name is strongly evocative for our Cru dellEtna produced from Nerello Mascalese. The higher altitude black terroir confers an elegant, distinguished and balanced style to this bright and lively wine.
VinificationThe grapes are picked into crates, then immediately cooled to 50°F. After hand selection, de-stemming & crushing, the grapes ferment for 12 days at 77°F in stainless steel with 2 stirrings a day.
ColorLuminous and clear ruby red.
NoseExceptional aromas of incense, medicinal herbs, hibiscus and wild fennel.
PalateA bright and lively wine with compact and elegant tannins. Wild berry and black currant on the palate mix with notes of
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %pH: 3.55TA: 5.81
Serving SuggestionsWonderful match for rich meals such as truffle-based dishes, fish steaks with flavorful sauces, grilled meats, game, aged