Though 2011 has been considered one of the best vintages in Sicily, I found the 2010 vintage of this wine to be my favorite at a recent luncheon with winemaker Alessio Planeta. The wine is made with 100% Nero d’Avola from the heart of the Noto DOC area – which is where the grape originated on the island. Good red fruit on the nose and red berry flavors on the palate, and beautifully integrated tannins. An attractive vein of acidity brightened the wine, and showed off its characteristic freshness even now, six years after harvest, making it easy to keep sipping the wine (and hard to spit). Pairs well with light meat and hearty poultry or fish dishes.

Highly Recommended — BSE

WHO: Planeta
WHAT: 100% Nero d’Avola
WHERE: Noto, Sicily, Italy
HOW MUCH:  $37 (media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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