Planeta, Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG (Sicily, Italy) 2019

($19, Taub Family Selections):  Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily’s only DOCG wine, is a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frapatto, two of Sicily’s autochthonous grapes.  Planeta’s is simply marvelous.  Refined, it delivers a balanced combination of minerals and cherry-like fruit.  Weighing in at a modest 13 percent stated alcohol, it is not particularly opulent, but it is particularly penetrating.  It has a real presence.  A versatile wine, it would go nicely with hearty seafood, a sardine pasta for example, or sautéed veal.  It’s a bargain, to boot.
93 Michael Apstein Nov 2, 2021