2008 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Year: 2008
Appellation: Sicily
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 87
Red Wine
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60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Frappato (a local grape variety)

"Spicy cherry and raspberry notes are light yet lingering in this quaffable, medium-bodied red, which finishes with a pleasant hint of ash. Nero d'Avola and Frappato. Drink now. 1,000 cases imported. " (WS)


This fascinating red wine from the costal area of Sicily marches to its own unique and non-comparable drummer. Let us just leave it, that it’s fascinatingly good and well worth its bargain price of $17.95 (regular is around $22+). This ’08 Cerasuolo from Plantet is an ideal companion with Italian cuisine, be it meat, poultry and any non-seafood based pasta sauce or gourmet pizza. Moreover, lighting would not strike you if you had the wine with a steak, prime rib or even a gussied up hamburger.

This dark ruby red wine’s produced 60% from the tannic Nero D’Avola grape and 40% from the low acid Frappato grape the two major red varieties of Sicily. Ripe cherries red currants and hints of truffles are present, what I did not find but so often I have heard associated with this wine is the tastes of figs (if it was present, I sure missed it). There is also enough tannin present to give the wine backbone, but it is mostly of the soft-silky kind, so the wine is now quite drinkable and will keep well for another 3 to 5 years.


PRICE $17.95

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
Planeta is a Journey through Sicily.

And that journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi 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.

The trio subsequently traveled to Vittoria in southeastern Sicily in search of one of the most unmistakable wines, Cerasuolo di Vittoria D.O.C.G, currently the only D.O.C.G in Sicily. Here, they established the Planeta farmhouse at Dorilli, near land which belonged to the Planetas’ paternal grandmother. This delightful wine is named for its remarkable color as cerasuolo means "cherry red" in Italian. Made from two local grapes, the Frappato imparts ripe berry flavors and freshness, while the Nero d'Avola lends a supple tannic structure, richness and intensity.