Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2017
I found this treasure one night while sipping and chatting with a friend of mine who also happens to live very deeply in the world of wine. I wanted to veer away from the delicious (but getting repetitive) Santa Barbara Pinot Noirs on which I’ve really focused lately.
This obvious and wonderful change, from the sunny northern tip of Sicily, is made of 60% nero d'avola and 40% frappato. The wine is clean and bright, full of strawberries and ripe red cherries, ginger, tarragon, black tea and sweet spices, but is in no way sweet. It has depth without any cumbersome weight and its purity took me by surprise. I was even more pleased by the price point, which I had assumed was much higher.