Planeta Eruzione 1614, Sicily, Italy, 2016

Planeta Eruzione 1614, Sicily, Italy, 2016 - Merchant of Wine

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Overview of the Wine

"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."

“It is a new way of thinking about the journey through Sicily; after Menfi, Vittoria, then Noto, then Etna, then Milazzo. Not a random route, but one strongly linked to the variety of countryside, to the winds, to the character of the people and thus of their wine…” –Diego Planeta

Planeta encompasses six distinct wine estates across Sicily, each one inspired and constructed in harmony with its surroundings and dedicated to its terroir.

For five centuries and seventeen generations, the Planeta family has been involved in the Sicilian agricultural sector. Their work on the island has contributed to the revitalization of Sicilian winemaking, now one of the most dynamic and sought-after viticultural regions in the world. Planeta’s journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here on Italy's most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, under the guidance of Diego Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s.

Planeta’s six boutique wineries include: Ulmo at Sambuca di Sicilia, Dispensa at Menfi, Dorilli at Vittoria, Buonivini at Noto, Sciara Nuova on Etna at Castiglione di Sicilia, and the newest addition, La Baronia at Capo Milazzo. Each vineyard site is carefully cultivated with grapes that best compliment the local terroir.

Santi, daughter of Diego Planeta, leads the international marketing and sales component of the wineries. Alessio, the head winemaker and viticulturist since 1996, has been instrumental in identifying the best grape varieties for the diverse Sicilian soils. Santi leads as head of sales for the European market and spearheads the marketing initiatives for the wineries. Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta established the company and their comprehensive winemaking approach, but the whole family is with them, rooted in Sicilian agriculture for generations. They are a family and a company of ambitious aims, following strict principles of quality, a rigorous respect for the environment and social responsibility.

Grape / Blend

Blend: 90% Carricante, 10% Riesling


Sicily, Italy

92+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
he 2016 Sicilia Carricante Eruzione 1614 is comprised of 90% Carricante and 10% Riesling. This wine offers many exciting assets that distinguish it from its competition. First, that supporting presence of Riesling adds some of those benzine and resin-like aromas to the overall complexity of the bouquet. It is subtle, but the Riesling impact is well integrated within the broader texture of the wine. Second, the bouquet shows fruity tones of exotic fruit and perfumed honeydew melon, but it also offers drying mineral tones of brimstone and crushed seashell. This wine should continue to evolve over the next ten years.

92 Points - James Suckling
The white pepper and sliced lemon character really comes through. Some thyme, too. Full body, plenty of fruit and a fresh and clean finish. Cool wine. Drink now.
WE92Wine Enthusiast
Made predominantly from Nerello Mascalese and a small percentage of Nerello Cappuccio, this wine offers alluring aromas of red berry, blue flower, crushed stone and wild herb. It’s elegantly structured and focused, evoking crushed raspberry, Marasca cherry, savory black pepper and graphite alongside taut, refined tannins and bright acidity. Drink through 2026.
Bright and fresh with aromatic stone fruits, lots of lovely citrus zippiness and a clean mineral character and length.

90 Points - Wine & Spirits
A legendary eruption on Mount Etna in 1614 sent lava flowing just short of the Sciaranuova vineyard, where the carricante vines that produce this wine are rooted in mineral-rich black sand. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, the wine shows some flinty reductive notes before opening up to reveal delicate lime-blossom scents, and flavors of crushed apple and tart lemon. Ten percent riesling boosts the fruity tones and buffers carricante’s stiff mineral spine.

Product size: 750ml

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