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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. 2016 Planeta Cerasuolo Dorilli

    2016 Planeta Cerasuolo Dorilli

    92 Points John Caro
    An elegant premium wine from the southern coast of Sicily, near Vittoria. While the cheaper red-labelled Cerasuolo is the standard regional wine, this Dorilli label is a special Cerasuolo di ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Planeta Mamertino Rosso

    2016 Planeta Mamertino Rosso

    91 Points John Caro
    An elegant red and a piece of history, grown on Sicily's north-eastern coast. Around Milazzo the rolling hills (which are depicted on the label, round the coast from Messina) bring local red ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle

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