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It is not the flesh but the skin of the grape that gives colour - and flavour. Hence some drinkers find reds more ‘satisfying’ - simply because they have more flavour sources! While whites have apple/citrus flavours of pulp, these are ‘built over’ in reds by stronger red and black fruit, spicy and earthy flavours caused by maceration (soaking/fermenting on skins). This ‘leaching’ is almost exclusive to reds, also leading to fuller texture and weight of solids (phenolics). The most important phenolics - besides colour compounds - are tannins. From both skin and pip, the quality of tannins help red wines to age and determines their style as soft and fruity (low tannin) or firm and structured (high tannin). 

Reds

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  1. 2016 Planeta Plumbago Nero d'Avola

    2016 Planeta Plumbago Nero d'Avola

    91 Points John Caro
    From the Sicilian grape Nero d'Avola, the Plumbago is a generous and characterful food red. While most Nero can be un-oaked and quite fresh, this one uses fruit from an older vineyard near Lake ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  2. 2013 Planeta Santa Cecilia Noto

    2013 Planeta Santa Cecilia Noto

    93 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    One of the most subtly powerful and impressive examples of this native Sicilian grape. The Nero d'Avola grape is said to originate in this locally famous town, the Noto DOC. Here Planeta's ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle
  3. 2017 Planeta Etna Rosso

    2017 Planeta Etna Rosso

    John’s Picks
    92 Points John Caro
    An alluring style that is capturing the world's attention. This red from the banks of Mount Etna on Sicily gains complexity from the rocky, free-draining and mineral-rich volcanic soils. Here he ...
    $34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Planeta Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese

    2016 Planeta Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese

    17.5 Points Jancis Robinson MW
    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 ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $54.99 per bottle
  5. 2017 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria

    2017 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria

    John’s Picks
    92 Points John Caro
    A suave and modern version of this classic Sicilian red. Still obscure outside Italy, Cerasuolo di Vittoria has a distinguished history and remains the only Sicilian wine recognised by Italy's ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  6. 2016 Planeta Controdanza Rosso

    2016 Planeta Controdanza Rosso

    90 Points Wine Enthusiast
    A satisfying and characterful red from Sicily. Grown in the tradition home of the Nero d'Avola grape -- the area of Noto in island's south-east -- this beautiful red is mainly Nero with a bit of ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle

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