2019 Palari Rocca Coeli Etna Bianco

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Type of Wine White
Country Italy
Region Sicilie
Appellation Etna
Winery Palari
Vintage 2019
Grape Carricante Minella bianca
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2023 - 2032
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The owner of the prestigious Palari is Salvatore Geraci. Salvatore is a passionate winemaker who produces a limited number of bottles in eastern Sicily. He rediscovered the ancient wine Faro from the Sicilian tradition and is known as an iconic winemaker. His philosophy is to make wines of the highest quality that represent the essence of Sicily with the allure of Burgundian wines. Located in the smaller Faro DOC, Palari extends over approximately 7 hectares on the hills above the Strait of Messina. The Palari domain is the best known name within the tiny DOC Faro, which contains only 21 hectares of vineyards spread over 17 domains in the northern tip of Sicily, near Messina. In 1985, Salvatore Geraci, owner of Azienda Agricola Palari, bought a number of vineyards, with the ambition to place the name Faro on the list of great Italian wines. He was and still is the founder of this appellation. The domain extends over 6 hectares and also has 1.5 hectares in the DOC Faro. The rest falls under the new DOC Sicilia.

The wines of Palari are among the absolute top in Sicily. In all cases, organic work is carried out. The vines are planted separately (i.e. untrained) on the very steep slopes. Yields are low and everything is done manually. In the cellar, modern techniques and the very best French oak barrels are used, although less new wood has been used in recent years to let the fruit speak as much as possible.

In addition to the Faro DOC, Palari also has a wine estate located on the slopes of Mount Etna, located in the classic area between Passopisciaro and Solicchiata, it extends over approximately (only) 2 hectares. Terroir is volcanic and the soil consists mainly of pozzolana, ash and clay. The vineyards are located at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level and have been managed naturally from the start. The 80-year-old vines are harvested manually and here too the yield is very low at less than 30 ql / ha. The Rocca Coeli Bianco Etna DOC comes from a small vineyard of less than 2 hectares perched on the flanks of Etna.

This Etna Bianco DOC comes from the flanks of Etna. As with all Palario wines, this wine is also given plenty of time to mature. The Palari Rocca Coeli Etna Bianco DOC is a blend of Carricante 70%, & Minella Bianco 30% - typical grapes found on Etna. The wine is not filtered and only native yeasts are used. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barriques and then for a minimum of 14 months in the bottle and only 2,000 bottles were made.

The Rocca Coeli Biancio DOC Etna is a very elegant, almost Burgundy-looking wine. In the glass the wine is light straw yellow with a very complex nose. The wine needs some time to wake up, so give this wine time and do not drink this wine too cold. Delicate notes of white fresh and yellow fruit, a touch of anise and a little brioche and we smell lava/tuff. In the mouth the wine is surprisingly full and very mineral with a chalky touch and a hint of smoke but with the typical fresh Etna acidity. This in combination with 14% alcohol makes it clear that this wine will continue to drink beautifully for many years to come and will even improve, because this is precisely what the good Etna Biancos are known for. It is not surprising that Etna Bianco, with its enormous temperature difference between day and night, the unique lava soil and the ever-present winds around the volcano, is so popular. A serious challenge is the very limited production. For example, only 2,000 bottles of this Rocca Coeli Bianco were made.

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Vineyard for 2019 Palari Rocca Coeli Etna Bianco

The owner of the prestigious Palari is Salvatore Geraci. Salvatore is a passionate winemaker who produces a limited number of bottles in Eastern Sicily. He has rediscovered the ancient Faro wine of the Sicilian tradition and is known as an iconic winemaker. His philosophy is to make wines of the highest quality that represent the essence of Sicily with the allure of Burgundy wines. Located in the smaller Faro DOC, Palari extends for about 7 hectares on the hills above the Strait of Messina. The Palari domain is the best known name within the miniscule DOC Faro, which contains only 21 hectares of vineyards spread over 17 domains in the northern tip of Sicily, near Messina. In 1985, Salvatore Geraci, owner of Azienda Agricola Palari, bought a number of vineyards with the ambition to put the name of Faro on the list of great Italian wines and it is he who single-handedly made Faro an official Appelation again The domain extends over 6 hectares and also features 1.5 hectares in the DOC Faro. The rest falls under the new DOC Sicilia.

The vineyards are located high (600 meters above sea level) are stone terraces with steep slopes - the linear distance from the sea is 1.5 km. Terroir is seaside and the soil is mainly made of limestone with clay - the land is guided naturally from the beginning. The harvest is completely manual with a bizarrely low yield of less than 30 ql / ha.

The Palari wines from Faro are three red wines of which the main grape is always the Nerello Mascalese with a blend with other indigenous grapes. Blend for Palari top wines and the bestseller the Soprano is the same, but grapes are from different plots and have different ripening periods. Wines are organic, not certified and yeasts are indigenous. Minimal sulphite and no filtration. All wines are permanently awarded with Tre Bicchieri, Cinque Grappoli and internationally ranked 90+ by Robert Parker.

In addition to the Faro DOC, Palari also has a winery located on the flanks of Mount Etna located in the classic area between Passopisciaro and Solicchiata and extends over approximately (only) 2 hectares. Terroir is volcanic and the soil consists mainly of pozzolan, ash and clay. The vineyards are located at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level and are naturally managed from the start. The 80-year-old vines are harvested manually and again the yield is very low at less than 30 ql/ha. The Enat wines are two Rocca Coeli (red and white), both made from indigenous grape varieties. Wines are organic, not certified and yeasts are indigenous. Minimal sulphite and no filtration.

The wines of Palari belong to the absolute top of Sicily. In all cases we work organically. The vines are planted separately (i.e. non-guided) on the very steep slopes. Yields are low and everything is done manually. Modern techniques and the very best French oak barrels are used in the cellar, although less new wood has been used in recent years to allow the fruit to speak as much as possible.

There is no rush at Palari and everything takes its time. The top models often remain on the domain for 5-6 years before they become available (in dribs and drabs) and without exception the wines can age very nicely.


Review: Wine Advocate - Parker

Date: 30 April 2014

Author: Monica Larner

Salvatore Geraci makes one of the icon wines of southern Italy: Faro Palari. An architect by training, this charismatic Sicilian from Messina approaches every detail with extreme precision, from the health of each of his vines to the ambitious restoration of his family manor into a modern winery and tasting room. The magic of his wine, however, is his vineyard. Running late after a long day of appointments, I had the chance to visit his property after nightfall – a fact for which Salvatore has probably not forgiven me. Despite the blackness around us, I cannot exaggerate the beauty of this place. Salvatore’s vineyards (and much of the Faro appellation) remain perched on impossibly steep terraces that look over the Straits of Messina straight into Reggio di Calabria and mainland Italy. We reached his vineyard by Jeep, traveling up a dirt path more appropriate for mountain sheep than motorized vehicle. Using his cell phone to cast an eerie blue light, Salvatore shows me the thick, knotted trunks of his ancient head-pruned vines. The lights of the Italian mainland shimmer in the near distance and muffled horns can be heard from the busy maritime traffic that channels through the Straits. Since the time of the ancients, this thin watery passage – with its dangerous currents and riptides – has sparked both fascination and fear. The legend of the Fata Morgana, a mysterious mirage said to disorient even the most experienced seamen, is born here. The rocky northern corner of Sicily hovers so close to the southern tip of Calabria creating unpredictable wind tunnels and suction. Nothing is subtle about these surroundings. Everything is extreme.

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More Information
Type of Wine White
Country Italy
Region Sicilie
Appellation Etna
Winery Palari
Grape Carricante, Minella bianca
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2019
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2032
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Mineral, Tense
Drink moments Borrelen, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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