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Planeta Nocera Sicily 2019  - First Bottle


92 James Suckling -
Plenty of sweet berry and cherry aromas with hints of crushed stone and pumice. Medium body, round and medium tannins and a creamy-textured finish. Drink now.
91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Nocera is one of the lesser-known indigenous grapes found on the northern corner of the island of Sicily, where it has been cultivated since ancient Roman times, but it has been largely supplanted by more common Italian and international varieties better resistant to disease. This offering of about 13,000 bottles is a great introduction to this storied grape. The Planeta 2019 Sicilia Nocera offers a very silky and smooth personality, showing tight and nicely focused aromas of wild berry, cassis, wild plum and fresh rose. This is a lean to mid-weight expression that would pair with veal involtini.

Technical Details

  • BlendNocera
  • WinemakerAlessio
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionSicily
  • AppellationSicily
  • Farming MethodOrganic Practices

Planeta Nocera Sicily 2019

Nocera  |  Italy
JS92, WA91

Organic Practices
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Price drops to $24.95 per bottle when you purchase 6 or more!

I mean, not to say I told you so, but...Nocera! Alessio Planeta, CEO and winemaker at Planeta wines just snagged Wine Enthusiast’s award for Winemaker of the Year...and we’ve got one of our favorites of his – the rare nocera grape! 92 points and Under $30 is only part of the story...with a price drop to just $24.95 on six bottles! Let’s go!

Set on the ‘spur” of northeastern Sicily, La Baronia is the smallest of Planeta’s five estates. 8 hectares of vineyards, surrounded by 20 hectares of olive groves on a skinny little peninsula that is only a stone’s throw (literally) from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Lucifero family, which had long owned the parcel, was admittedly unable to maintain this ancient vineyard site, and it had deteriorated almost to the point of extinction. In 2011, Alessio Planeta oversaw an ambitious restoration project – choosing to focus on small, organically farmed plots of unique heritage varieties such as nocera. The vineyard has responded fantastically, and this supremely smooth nocera is the happy result.

Fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel, this remarkably dark wine only spends a total of 10 days on its skin. The grape’s characteristic deep ruby hue nevertheless contains a tremendously bright and pretty aroma and flavor profile – where the close proximity to the sea, and extreme volcanic influences of Mount Etna can be clearly demonstrated. The vineyard’s base soil is mostly alluvial granite debris, and silt, which is then covered by 50-60 centimeters of volcanic ash, blown over through the centuries from Mount Etna – some twenty miles south. Floral elegance of rose and geranium, with a structure of crumbled rock and white pepper, enveloped by a core of plum, cherries, raspberries, figs, and plums. Medium in weight, high-toned aromatics, and minerally, bright acidity make for an absolutely supreme food wine.

The 2019 vintage was challenging in that yields were down by some 20% due to early season conditions, but in all other ways, it seems to have been one of the most amazing seasons in the province of Messina – with an exceptional quality that more than compensated the grape growers for their efforts. The northeast of Sicily tends to be wet in September, but in 2019 the weather was almost perfect, and the harvest was impeccably smooth throughout. As such, the 2019 Nocera was expressive and intense as it perhaps never has been before! It was Alessio’s masterful expression of unique sites that snagged him this award – and you really can’t look for a better example than this! While it lasts, friends!

PAIRING IDEAS: Something grilled, and something lean...I’m going with a marinated pork tenderloin – in a house-made marinade of white wine, honey, apricot jam, black pepper, and rosemary. Grill it over medium heat so the sugars caramelize but don’t burn, and pull it off at medium and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve it up with braised red cabbage and glazed Thumbelina carrots.

About the Producer

Planeta Winery in Sicily is a remarkable winery on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea that produces world-class wines in a stunningly beautiful location. The winery is situated some 20 miles north of Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, which covers the silty, alluvial granitic soils with a layer of volcanic ash. Planeta Winery is known for its commitment to sustainability and innovation, and visitors can enjoy a tour of the winery and a tasting of their exceptional wines.