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Planeta, 'Eruzione 1614' Carricante Sicily 2017

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93+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"This is a blend of 90% Carricante that has been enhanced with 10% Riesling. It is amazing how much range, dimension, depth and overall definition that small percentage of Riesling brings to the table. These two grapes find remarkable harmony in the 2017 Sicilia Carricante Eruzione 1614. The clarity and precise nature of those linear and almost-salty mineral notes found in Carricante are embellished and reinforced by subtle tones of petrol, ginger and beeswax that come from the Riesling. Together, these grapes make for beautiful and impactful aromatic intensity. Some 60,000 bottles were produced."

93 points Wine Enthusiast
"Aromas of smoke, citrus, apricot and Mediterranean brush shape the enticing nose. Vibrant and savory, the linear, succulent palate delivers Meyer lemon, saline, crushed stone, yellow apple and grilled herbs alongside tangy acidity that leaves a juicy finish."

92 points Decanter
"Grown at 980m, this unusual blend includes a little Riesling, just in case Carricante’s naturally high acidity isn’t sufficient! Tart and mineral nose, lime and green apple. Attack is zesty and citrussy, exhibiting a racy style and a long, sherbetty finish."

Jancis Robinson
"Carricante plus a small amount of Riesling.
The Carricante and the Riesling are quite similar in character here, giving citrus, green fruits and a touch of something smoky/mineral like mature Riesling but not petrol-like. Extremely dry and mineral on the palate, tight, intense and long. Grip and persistence. Almost too crisp but just on the right side of extreme. 17.5/20 points. (JH)"

Vinous Reverie Notes
90% Carricante and 10% Riesling. The history of Etna is studded with the historic eruptions which have shaped it. That of 1614 is legendary, lasting ten years and the longest ever recorded, halting just on the border of the vineyards of Sciaranuova. A name strongly evocative of our Cru dell’Etna; Carricante with a small addition of Riesling. High altitude black soils confer a fresh, savoury and mineral style.


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