Chardonnay Sicilia Menfi DOC

Planeta

Pronunciation
SHARD-oh-nay
Year
Current
Type
White
Winery
Planeta
Region
Sicilia
Oenologist
Alessio Planeta

Overview

Planeta’s first winery, Ulmo, together with an old family farmhouse, is situated on the banks of the Arancio Lake in the eastern portion of Sicily. The soil here is deep and chalky – perfect for the production of Planeta’s great white wines. Chardonnay has become an image of the change in Sicilian wine. It arrived from the wish for success in competing with the world in the production of this noble and widespread grape. Following a long process beginning in 1985, full of surprises and successes, today the Planeta Chardonnay is an icon for the whole of Sicily. The vines of Ulmo and Maroccoli, from which it is produced, are unique for their aspect and terroir. The fermentation and aging in French wood, carefully and precisely judged, delivers a wine unique for its grace and power.

Wine Notes

Grape Variety
100% Chardonnay
Vinification
Gentle pressing of select fruit with intial vinification in stainless steel tanks, then tranferred to French oak for secondary fermentation.
Aging
10 months in barrel before bottling and release
Alcohol
14%
| Appearance
Golden yellow.
| Aroma
Rich, intense and fruity. Scents of peach mousse, black figs, rose and vanilla cream.
| Taste
Full bodied, soft, round and concentrated fruit flavors are wonderfully balanced by a streak of acidity.
| Serving Suggestions
Ravioli with fish and lemon sauce, sauteed sea scallops, steamed crab and lobster with aioli and grilled white meats.

Chardonnay Sicilia Menfi DOC

Suggested Retail:
$45.00
CSPC#:
706718
Available Sizes:
750ml
Bottles Per Case:
6

Reviews

Wine Spectator - Top 100 wines 2007 - James Suckling - 93 points

This full-throttle Chardonnay shows all-out barrel fermentation and bâtonnage character. Big and round, with lots going on in the glass. Finishes with opulent honey, caramel and butterscotch character. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. –JS