cometa

Cometa

Sicilia Menfi D.O.C.

100% Fiano

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.

Awards

2016 Decanter 94
James Suckling 92
Bibenda 5 Grappolo
Vinous 92
Guida Repubblica 5 Stelle
2015 Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 93
James Suckling 91
Vinous 91
5StarWines 90/100
Wine Spectator 91
Decanter World Wine Awards 86
Guida Repubblica 5 Stelle
Vini Buoni d'Italia 4 stelle
2014 Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 94
James Suckling 93
5 Star Wines Vinitaly 2016 91
Vinous 91
Decanter World Wine Awards Silver (90 pt.)
Wine Spectator 89
Jancis Robinson 17
Vini Buoni d'Italia Corona
Repubblica - Guida ai sapori e piaceri della regione 5 stelle
Fede & Tinto - 111 vini Italiani che devi proprio assaggiare
Francesca Negri - 1001 vini da bere almeno una volta nella vita
2013 Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 93
Wine Enthusiast 92
James Suckling 92
Jancis Robinson 15,5
Decanter World Wine Awards Commended
2012 Wine Advocate Robert Parker 92
I vini di Veronelli Tre stelle rosse (92 pt)
Wine Enthusiast 90
Wine Spectator 89
Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Jancis Robinson 17+
Decanter World Wine Awards Silver
2011 Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 93+
Wine Enthusiast 92
Wein-Plus.eu 86
Sommelier Wine Award Silver
L'espresso Vino dell'eccellenza
Vini Buoni d'Italia Corona
2010 Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Wine Enthusiast 92
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 92
Wine Spectator 90
James Suckling 90
Falstaff 90
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 90
Vinous 90
Jancis Robinson 16
2009 Wine Enthusiast 92
Wine Review Online 92
Wine Spectator 90
Vinous 90
Vinous 89
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 89
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 87
Jancis Robinson 16,5
Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
Bibenda 5 Grappoli
2008 Wine Advocate Robert Parker 93
Wine Enthusiast 91
Wine Spectator 91
Wine Review Online 90
Vinous 89
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 89
Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
Bibenda 5 Grappoli
International wine Challenge Bronze
Decanter World Wine Awards Commended
2007 Guida vini Siciliani (Giornale di Sicilia) Vino a 5 stelle
Decanter World Wine Awards Bronze
Vinous 89+
Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Jancis Robinson 17-
Wine Enthusiast 91
Vinous 88
Wine Spectator 88
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 88
2006 Decanter World Wine Awards Gold
Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Wine Enthusiast 91
Wine Enthusiast 91
Vinous 91
Falstaff 91
Wine Spectator 90
Vinous 87
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 87
Guida vini Siciliani (Giornale di Sicilia) Vino a 5 stelle
2005 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Wine Spectator 88
2004 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Wine Enthusiast 90
Wine Spectator 90
Vinous 89+
2003 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Wine Spectator 88
2001 Wine Advocate Robert Parker 95+
Wine Spectator 92
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 90
Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
Bibenda 5 Grappoli
2000 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
Bibenda 5 Grappoli
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 91+
Wine Spectator 90
Vinous 89
 
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Altimetry

75

Above sea level

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Climate

21°Average temperature

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Farming system

Spurred cordon

Planting density

4.500 vines per hectare

Now

15.05°C

Cloudiness 0%
Humidity 93%
Wind 1.5mh ↗

First Vintage

2000

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  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • Climate
    Almost perfect vintage for whites with ideally bright hot July and August.
  • Climate
    A cooler summer (as in 2004) provided very good full whites with plenty of fruit for slow maturation.
  • Climate
    More rain than usual refreshed some of the crop, resulting in very fruity structured whites.
  • Climate
    Cold wet winter and spring were a perfect preparation for the vines, harvest began 15 days late with cool temperate weather.Very fresh whites.
  • Climate
    The 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.
  • Climate
    A 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.
  • Climate
    After 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 climatiche
    The 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.
  • Climate
    The 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.
  • Climate
    The 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.
  • Climate
    The 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.
  • Climate
    The 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.
  • Climate
    Beautiful 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.
  • Menfi and Sambuca di Sicilia. A great vintage for two perfectly combined reasons: a rainier spring than the average for the past ten years, especially in June, and therefore vines that face the summer stress-free, and a rain-free period of ripening of the grapes with July, August and September completely dry. To say the least, these are the ideal temperatures and quantity of light, with July cooler since 2004; on the contrary, the brightest September (since 2007) and, to best complete the ripening of the reds, the absolute hottest of the series analyzed. The perfect vintage!
  • A year which enhanced the indigenous varieties, particularly Grecanico, very aromatic, and a glorious Nero d’Avola with fruit, density and compact tannins as never before. Fiano is good, Chardonnay more consistent. Merlot and Syrah at their peak, thanks to the weather. The Cabernet is perhaps slightly rigid.
  • Going into detail, the winter at Menfi in the south-west had little rainfall and temperatures slightly colder than 2015, followed by a beautiful spring with rain in March and showers generally, which prepared the vines well. The cooler summer with average temperatures between June and September being well below those of 2015 contributed to a fine harvest. The result has been aromatic and balanced white wines with Chardonnay, Grecanico and Grillo peaking in quality, and the big French reds with particularly dense and ample tannins thanks to long slow ripening. Nero d’Avola in particular, thanks also to the lower production, is very aromatic and colourful.
  • The harvest had been well prepared thanks to a cool spring, light rainfall (more or less 500mm with the last rain at the beginning of April) but well spaced. Ripening was slightly delayed, but the summer was very favourable until the end of July. At the beginning of August an African anticyclone brought three weeks of high temperatures without a pause. South-western Sicily was the region that suffered most of the heat, which was more intense than in the east. Thus it was necessary to bring the first part of the vintage forward and to give special attention to the harvest; the grapes in question were few but good. Some varieties responded well, due to their intrinsic characteristics, to these conditions – particularly Grecanico, Grillo and Syrah – while others needed more careful selection and faster harvesting (Chardonnay and Nero d’Avola). The second part of the vintage, from 20th August onwards, saw a much improved and almost ideal climate which gained us quality and a slower harvest of red grapes, allowing for a more gradual ripening. Thus at Menfi, more powerful reds but not excessively so, rounder whites and intense reds.
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Time of Harvest

30

august

07

Vinification

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

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Alcohol Content

13,5%vol.

07

Aging Capacity

To drink at once or to age for many years, up to 15

Tasting Notes
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Mouth
A single-variety Fiano from lime-chalk soils which contribute to the enhancement of the aromatic markers of Mediterranean macchia owned by this vine.
Thus, between broom flowers and thyme, the delicate aromas of chamomile, hay and mandarin can also be savoured. A mineral palate with vibrantly savoury traces which quiver and quench.
Then the rhythm changes to become slower and more harmonious, an invitation to sip this outstanding white wine with the correct quietude enjoying its every change of tone. The finish presents a silky tactile sensation with a refined aftertaste of ripe apricot, of almond flowers and basil flowers.
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Pairings
With no fear of being banal, with some freshly caught and grilled snapper.
With Casa Planeta’s Kitchen
sarde-a-beccafico

Baked stuffed sardines

INGREDIENTS Serves 4

400 g / 14 oz. fresh sardines

200 g / 7 oz. breadcrumbs

20 g / 3/4 oz. raisins

20 g / 3/4 oz. pine nuts

1 tbsp. sugar

the juice of 1 lemon

the juice of 1 orange

bay leaves a sprig of parsley, minced vinegar

extra-virgin olive oil

salt to taste

pepper to taste

DIFFICULTY 2/5 | PREPARATION TIME 30 minutes

Cut off the fish heads, then open up the fish and remove the backbone. Marinate in water and vinegar for about 1 hour. Meanwhile, toast the breadcrumbs in a pan, careful not to burn them. When the breadcrumbs are a golden brown, drizzle with oil and blend well. In a bowl, combine the raisins, pine nuts, sugar, salt and pepper, the minced parsley, and the lemon and orange juices. Blend all the ingredients well, then spoon some filling inside each sardine. Roll the sardines to make involtini (rolled and stuffed fish). In a greased baking dish, arrange them snugly with a bay leaf in between each one. Drizzle with oil and some lemon or orange juice. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake in a hot oven for about 5 minutes.

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