2018 Planeta Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese

93 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
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A step up from the standard Etna, this varietal label is a lusher, richer-fruited expression of this complex grape and terroir. High in the volcanic 'black lands' of Sicily's Mt Etna, the local Nerello Mascalese ripens long and slow into beautifully plump and defined dark fruits, while capturing the subtle savoury and mineral background yielded by these distinctive soils. Silky yet layered and subtly complex, the 1614 is a serious delight.
$49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle


Nerello Mascalese

Its Origins

"Diego Planeta, along with Giacomo Rallo of Donnfugata and Lucio Tasca d’Almerita, is one of the three founding fathers of the “Sicilian wine renaissance” sparked 10 to 15 years ago. Cousins Francesca, Santi and Alessio Planeta hold the reigns to the estate today and have developed one of the most innovative and modern wine entities in Italy (they are among the most “liked” wineries on Facebook). The Planeta family boasts a gifted hand in marketing and their hard work has only helped to develop the “Sicily” brand within the many foreign markets they penetrate." Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner

What The Critics Say

93/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner

"In this edition of 14,000 bottles, the 2018 Sicilia Nerello Mascalese Eruzione 1614 is a beautifully elegant and streamlined wine that reflects the precision and careful winemaking that is a hallmark of the Planeta family. This wine opens to fine and nuanced aromas of wild berry, cassis and rose. Etched mineral notes and light spice frame a core of pretty fruit. This is a classic Etna red that can be stretched out to a 10-year drinking window if desired, although there's no reason not to enjoy this bottle straight out of the gate." Drink 2021 - 2028

17.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller

"Nerello Mascalese from a vineyard on volcanic sand over a lava flow from 1614. Fermentation in stainless steel and with a total skin-contact time of 21 days. MLF follows in stainless steel. Aged for 12 months in oak casks. Palish ruby with orange tinges. Subtle brooding raspberry nose with a suggestion of oak. The same elegant medium-weight palate as the Etna Rosso, but this has a little more depth. Fresh and almost a little racy on the finish. Something for cool-climate Pinot Noir fans. Polished, long tannins on a cranberry and raspberry finish. Super-elegant and captivating. (WS)." Drink 2021 - 2028

90/100 Vinous, Eric Guido

"As if you can smell the ashen volcanic soils that these vines grow in, the 2018 Nerello Mascalese Eruzione 1614 wafts up smoky and musky, with a complement of cherry and dried strawberry that fully completes the experience. This is soft and fleshy in feel, boasting a noticeable inner sweetness nicely balanced by brisk acids and pretty inner florals. The 2018 lacks the persistence and structure to promote long-term cellaring, but makes up for it with sheer drinkability." Drink 2021 - 2026

Variety Nerello Mascalese
Region Sicily
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2021 - 2028

This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB
with PORK



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