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Triple C

2013 Chile Maipo Valley, Central Valley, Casablanca, Leyda, Limari, Colchaugua, Apalta, and Rapel
92 Points

A stacked nose includes aromas of tomato, herbs, cocoa, molasses and berry fruits. The saturated palate announces that this is a big one, while spicy flavors of plum and berry fruits are slightly herbal on a finish with excellent feel and flow. Drink this blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère through 2021.

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Wine Enthusiast November 2017
Triple C Platinum

Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese

2014 Italy Sicily
92 Points

The 2014 Sicilia Nerello Mascalese Eruzione 1614 is a drier and more mineral-driven expression compared to its peers. The bouquet delivers an immediate and wide array of volcanic characteristics with ash and crushed-sulfur stone. The mouthfeel is linear and tight with fine tannins that are silky and long in terms of mouthfeel. The wine is excellent, but I am surprised by the subdued presence of primary fruit in a vintage like 2014 that is recognized for its exuberant blackberry and black currant aromas. I am assigning a slightly shorter drinking window as a result.

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Wine Advocate September 2017
Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese Platinum

Eruzione 1614 Carricante

2015 Italy Sicily
91 Points

The 2015 Sicilia Carricante Eruzione 1614 is an enormously refined and elegant white to enjoy now or to put back in the cellar for another five years to further its evolution. This is a fine and temperate expression that bestows its volcanic characteristics in a prideful and upfront manner. The wine is full of mineral nuances that resemble brimstone, ash and crushed limestone. Yet, this Carricante-based wine (with a small part Riesling) is generous in terms of its fruit and citrus definition. Preserved lemon and candied orange peel appeal on the finish.

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Wine Advocate September 2017
Eruzione 1614 Carricante Platinum

Etna Rosso DOC

2015 Italy Sicily
88 Points

Planeta is expanding its offering of Etna wines and this base red is part of that effort. The 2015 Etna Rosso is a subtle and easygoing wine that offers a quick and informal alternative to the large majority of Nerello Mascalese-based wines that tend to be much more austere and reticent in character. This wine reads like an open book. It flaunts its primary fruit, its fresh acidity and its firm but not astringent mouthfeel. Drink this Etna Rosso with barbecued meats.

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Wine Advocate September 2017
Etna Rosso DOC

Etna Bianco DOC

2015 Italy Sicily
90 Points

Planeta's 2015 Etna Bianco is a terrific wine that shows surprising fullness and volume (for the Carricante grape which is usually more streamlined in approach). This wine, however, boasts extra stuffing or fiber that adds to the wine's volume and, ultimately, to its persistence. The bouquet delivers an attractive assembly of white peach, citrus, honey and crushed-granite aromas. The wine is inherently simple in spirit, but it awards a thoroughly refreshing drinking experience nonetheless.

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Wine Advocate September 2017
Etna Bianco DOC Platinum