A great white wine from southern Italian grapes, able to compare with the world’s great white wines; this was the initial project. Thus began the experiments with Fiano, an ancient noble variety from Campania, in the 1990’s. And so Cometa was born, expressing the best in an original and unique way, of the characteristics of this extraordinary vine. Intense and fruity aromas, its great structure and minerals today make it one of southern Italy’s points of reference for white wine.
Territories & Wineries
Sicilia Menfi D.O.C.
2001 - Vini d'Italia 2003 - Gambero Rosso: " Tre Bicchieri" Vini d'Italia 2003 - L'Eccellenza: " I Fuoriclasse" Duemilavini 2003 AIS: "Cinque Grappoli" I vini di Veronelli 2003: "Tre Stelle" Wine Spectator 2002: "Score: 92 pt." IWC Wine Challenge 2002: "Gold Medal" Robert Parker di Wine Advocate: "Rating: 90 pt." Wine Spectator aprile 2003: "Smart Buys: Score 92 pt." Guida ai Vini Intelligenti - Gambero Rosso "I Vini Intelligenti" .Gran Jury EuropÃ¨en (GJE), Degustation de Vins blancs Italiens:Primo Classificato su Vini 30 Vini Bianchi Italiani: pt: 86.63 - www.wineanorak.com "February 2009": 91/1002003: "Tre Stelle" Wine Spectator 2002: "Score: 92 pt." IWC Wine Challenge 2002: "Gold Medal" Robert Parker di Wine Advocate: "Rating: 90 pt." Wine Spectator aprile 2003: "Smart Buys: Score 92 pt." Guida ai Vini Intelligenti - Gambero Rosso "I Vini Intelligenti" .Gran Jury Europèn (GJE), Degustation de Vins blancs Italiens:Primo Classificato su Vini 30 Vini Bianchi Italiani: pt: 86.63 - www.wineanorak.com "Febbraio 2009": 91/100
2003 -Vini d'Italia 2003 - Gambero Rosso: " Tre Bicchieri" Vini d'Italia 2003 - L'Eccellenza: " I Fuoriclasse" Duemilavini 2003 AIS: "Cinque Grappoli" I vini di Veronelli 2003: "Tre Stelle" Wine Spectator 2002: "Score: 92 pt." IWC Wine Challenge 2002: "Gold Medal" Robert Parker di Wine Advocate: "Rating: 90 pt." Wine Spectator aprile 2003: "Smart Buys: Score 92 pt." Guida ai Vini Intelligenti - Gambero Rosso "I Vini Intelligenti" .Gran Jury EuropÃ¨en (GJE), Degustation de Vins blancs Italiens:Primo Classificato su Vini 30 Vini Bianchi Italiani: pt: 86.63 - www.wineanorak.com "February 2009": 91/100GamberoRosso: Tre Bicchieri.Wine Spectator - april 2006 - New Releases:Italy 90 pt.
2004- Enogea II ed.: 90 point D. Bibenda ottobre/novembre 2005: 90 pt. DuemilaVini 2006 A.I.S.: 5 Grappoli I Vini di Veronelli 2006: 3 Stars. Vini D'Italia GamberoRosso 2006: 3 Bicchieri.
2005 - Grove Falstaff-Degustation Sizilien 2006: 91 pt.Bibenda Duemilavini edizione 2007: 5 Grappoli.Guida Vini d'Italia 2007 Gambero Rosso e Slow Food Editore: Tre Bicchieri. Wine Spectator: New Releases: 88 pt. Planeta Sicilia Cometa 2005. Wine Spectator_Jan./Feb.2008:The 2007 Compendium:88 pt.Quarterly Review of Wines 2007:Cometa 2005:Excellent.
2006 - Decanter 2007: Medaglia d'oro. Wine Review Online-Start:pt.88. THIS ISSUE'S REVIEWS, December 11, 2007 Issue: 91 pt. Duemilavini 2008 edizione A.I.S./Bibenda: 5 Grappoli..Stephen's Tanzers International Wine Cellar 2008: 91 points.Wine Spectator november 2008: 90 pt.
2007 - Decanter: "Italy's 50 Greatest Ever Wines" - Duemilavini 2009 (AIS-Bibenda): Cinque Grappoli - Guida D'Agata e Comparini "Best Italian Wine 2009": 59° out of 100 - Vini di Sicilia 2009 (Giornale di Sicilia): TOP WINE - Guida ai Migliori Vini d'Italia 2009 (Tommasi Editore): BEST 100 - I Vini Veronelli 2009 (Veronelli Editore): 3 stars - Gambero Rosso 4/09: Top 50 Great White Wines - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009: Bronze Medal - Wine Spectator "August 2008": 88 Points - Wine Enthusiast "Editor Choice" February 2009: 91 pt - Wine Talk "January 2010": Top 25 Value Winery - www.wineanorak.com "February 2009": 91/100
2008 - Vini Buoni d'Italia (Touring Club): Golden Star Wine - Falstaff "Sept/Oct 2009": 90 pt - Wine Spectator "October 2009": 91 pt - Duemilavini 2010 (AIS Bibenda): 5 grappoli - Vini d'Italia 2010 (Gambero Rosso): 3 bicchieri - International Wine Challenge 2010: Bronze Medal - Phaneuf 2011: Grappe d'Or
2009 - Duemilavini 2011 (AIS Bibenda): 5 grappoli - Vini d'Italia 2011 (Gambero Rosso): 3 bicchieri - Guida all'eccellenza nel Vino Italiano 2011 (D'Agata & Comparini): BEST 100
2010 - Associazione Italiana Sommelier/Bibenda, guide Duemilavini 2012 - "5 grapes"
2011 -I vini de L'Espresso - Excellent Wine Touring Club, Vini Buoni d'Italia - Crown
2012 - Associazione Italiana Sommelier/Bibenda, guide Duemilavini 2014 - 5 grapes I vini di Veronelli - 3 red stars
2013 -Italian Sommelier Association AIS/Bibenda, guide Duemilavini 2015 - 5 grapes
Above sea level
4.500 vines per hectare
ClimateAlmost perfect vintage for whites with ideally bright hot July and August.
ClimateA cooler summer (as in 2004) provided very good full whites with plenty of fruit for slow maturation.
ClimateMore rain than usual refreshed some of the crop, resulting in very fruity structured whites.
ClimateCold wet winter and spring were a perfect preparation for the vines, harvest began 15 days late with cool temperate weather.Very fresh whites.
ClimateThe reason can be found in the prevailing weather. 2005 was the third consecutive year with abundant spring and winter rain which perfectly prepared the vineyards for summer and autumn ripening. The surprisingly fresh and cool temperatures of July, August and September achieved the rest, with the grapes arriving at the winery in perfect condition. During the harvest some occasional summer thunderstorm brought ripening to perfection, with the grapes in ideal condition.
ClimateA rainy late-autumn and low temperatures, though not excessively so, have laid strong basis to a good vintage . The vines were able to rest in well-soaked soil. After a rainy winter the spring was particularly cool and dry. A mild summer provided for excellent ripening of both white and red grapes. The 2006 vintage has been excellent with regard to the quality of the grapes. The grapes are sound, the yield generally about 10% down, though 20% lower for Merlot, Nero d'Avola and Frappato.This vintage can be described as luminous and sunny. All the sun-loving varieties such as Syrah and Nero d'Avola are of extraordinary richness. The whites are rich, creamy, and well-defined by type of grape.
ClimateAfter two short but intense heatwaves, typical for the period from 20th July to 15th August, it stayed fine, temperatures stabilized, and persistent high pressure presented us with a vintage with no rainfall the first slight shower arrived on 25th September! and with amazing maturation. For those who enjoy comparisons, in our reckoning the recent years most similar to 2007, in Sicily, are 1997 and 2001.
Note climaticheThe result was a superb vintage, the indigenous varieties are absolutely excellent. White wines thanks to the lack of thermal excesses are full-bodied and well balanced and perfectly aromatic. Grecanico wine is particularly excellent, just as the early varieties Chardonnay and Viogner. Fiano wine will get back to its highest quality, such as the 2001 vintage.
ClimateThe seasonal pattern showed a fall and a cold winter and little rain, while the spring period was characterized by heavy rains even in the pre-summer. The vineyard went into the summer and maturation in perfect health. The average summer temperatures has been excellent: pleasantly cool, regular, without peaks of heat, never above the seasonal average. Balanced solar radiation. The harvest began with a delay of about 10-14 days (August 17). Temperatures have increased markedly since August 20, while maintaining the proper level of humidity and avoiding dehydration and concentration of the fruit. Harvesting grecanico ended the last days of September.
ClimateThe climatic conditions prevailing during the 2010 harvest were particularly favourable. In 2009 the autumn finished with abundant rainfall, ideal for setting the vines to rest. The winter had normal temperatures and not too much rain. The spring was also average, with rain at the end. The summer began with cooler temperatures until the middle of August, when the temperature then rose to assist perfect ripening. Around 20th September rain assisted the harvest at Vittoria. On the other hand the beginning of summer on Etna was fairly dry but the rains at the end of September were useful and prolonged the harvest until 21st October. Might 2010 be one of the best vintages out of the previous ten? It is early to say but it is certainly a super vintage.
ClimateThe climatic indicators of 2010-2011 had forecast a classic winter with precipitations below average, which after the last few winters with their copious rainfalls had us a little worried. But then in the spring the situation changed; copious rain fell even relatively late in the season and prepared the vineyards to perfection. The summer was hot without being excessively so, and the grapes were able to ripen without a flaw.
ClimateThe harvest was completed on October 12th, earlier than usual. In general, the grapes are extraordinarily healthy thanks to the lack of rainfall near the harvest. The amount is 10% higher compared to the 2011 vintage that was particularly poor, about 5% below average. Outstanding quality was achieved in Noto and Vittoria, excellent for red wines in Menfi and Sambuca and average for white wines. It is too early to judge the grapes of Mount Etna but we can say that they are much healthier and intact than normal at levels above average in the area. Menfi and Sambuca.
ClimateBeautiful white wines, produced by a cool and bright July and August. A richer Chardonnay without more alcohol. A super-aromatic Fiano and average Grecanico. The reds, Merlot and Cabernet, benefitted from a cooler harvest with a thick dense tannin structure, thanks to extended ripening. Syrah prefers a dry September and is rather less than excellent. Nero d’Avola is fresh and fruity as rarely before.
Time of Harvest
After normal harvesting, a careful destalking, soft pressing and static sedimentation at low temperatures; fermentation at 15⁰C, in stainless steel on fine lees, where it remains until bottling
To drink at once or to age for many years, up to 15