Monday, October 17, 2011

Le Caveau - Sicily & Sardinia - October 15, 2011

Le Caveau - Sicily & Sardinia - October 15, 2011

Marie Ballard of Palm Bay Imports came by Le Caveau to show some excellent wines from Planeta in Sicily and Sella & Mosca in Sardinia.

1) 2010 Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna DOC $12.99
100% Vermentino
Pale yellow, elegant and supple, this single-vineyard wine couples fullness of flavor with an underlying acidity. Named for a small, secluded cove fringed by violet colored thistles on the edge of the Sella & Mosca estate. Shows an exceptional affinity with seafood, thanks to the very subtle presence of a natural marine salinity in the wine, due to the vineyard's seaside location.

2) 2008 Planeta Chardonnay di Sicilia IGT $39.99
100% Chardonnay
This has a golden yellow color with lively green glints and an intense nose of peach, golden apple, white figs, meringue and hints of hazelnut. The palate is concentrated, fresh and focused with lively acidity.

3) 2009 Planeta La Segreta IGT $12.99
50% Nero d'Avola, 25% Merlot, 20% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc
Explosive aromas of cocoa and tobacco along with mulberry, plums and balsamic notes. The palate conisists of fresh red fruits, with supple tannins and balanced acidity.

4) 2007 Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna DOC Riserva $12.99
100% Cannonau (Native Grenache)
Bright ruby color, with purple hues, the aromas project ripe red berry, including strawberry and raspberry. In the mouth, coffee, spices and herbs, including an aroma of violets, plummy fruit flavours and aristocratic oak overtone. Full, round, fruit forward, consumer friendly taste profile. Oak aged for two years in large Slavonian casks with several additional months in the bottle. Medium-bodied for food-friendly matchings.

5) 2007 Planeta Santa Cecilia Nero d'Avola di Sicilia $39.99
100% Nero d'Avola
The aromatic profile shows notes of sour fruit and ripe plum mixed with citrus fruit, carob and licorice. The fresh palate echoes those notes with compact tannins and the hallmark acidity of Nero d’Avola.

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