Planeta Chardonnay Sicilia IGT 2005

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

I am going to join the multitudes of wine journalists who have extolled the virtues of this wine and tip my hat to the extraordinary Planeta Chardonnay. The style is completely unique. A honeyed-golden color not found in most young whites (usually an indication of maturity, it may confuse some wine drinkers - this is not old wine, it is great wine!). Intentionally made with some oxidation, the striking dark color extends to the explosive taste and feel on the palate. A show stopper, this white struts like a well-aged grand cru Burgundy - standing 17 hands high with tremendous power and charm (excuse the horse analogy, but this wine transports me away from mere taste descriptors) OK, I'll try - super rich tropical fruit, along with roasted hazelnuts, mouthwatering ripe pears and something... profound.

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Planeta:
Planeta is a wine produced by the family of the same name in various locations all over Sicily, Italy. The main estate in Sambuca di Sicilia has been in the family since the 1600s. In the 1980s, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta established the wine brand. The wines are produced around the original family estate in Sambuca di Sicilia, as well as in Menfi (where they produce the La Segreta... Read more
Planeta is a wine produced by the family of the same name in various locations all over Sicily, Italy. The main estate in Sambuca di Sicilia has been in the family since the 1600s. In the 1980s, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta established the wine brand. The wines are produced around the original family estate in Sambuca di Sicilia, as well as in Menfi (where they produce the La Segreta label of bianco and rosso), Vittoria (where they produce Cerrasuola), Noto (for Santa Cecilia) and most recently, Etna. They use a combination of indigenous Sicilian as well as international grape varieties in their wines.  Read less

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Snooth User: mjdvorkin
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3.50 5
09/27/2007

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Planeta Chardonnay Sicilia IGT

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

I am going to join the multitudes of wine journalists who have extolled the virtues of this wine and tip my hat to the extraordinary Planeta Chardonnay. The style is completely unique. A honeyed-golden color not found in most young whites (usually an indication of maturity, it may confuse some wine drinkers - this is not old wine, it is great wine!). Intentionally made with some oxidation, the striking dark color extends to the explosive taste and feel on the palate. A show stopper, this white struts like a well-aged grand cru Burgundy - standing 17 hands high with tremendous power and charm (excuse the horse analogy, but this wine transports me away from mere taste descriptors) OK, I'll try - super rich tropical fruit, along with roasted hazelnuts, mouthwatering ripe pears and something... profound.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Ten months in French barrique have imparted overtones of vanilla and toasted hazelnuts to this powerful Chard. Intense aromas and flavors of ripe citrus, butterscotch, caramel and peach flesh it out. Ripe, soft and lush, try this Chardonnay with sophisticated dishes with a butter or béchamel base.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Exotic, with vanilla, toasty oak and dried pineapple character that turns to apple tart flavors. Full-bodied, thick and oily, with an almost late-harvest character. Comes across almost off-dry. Slightly overdone in this hot year. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.




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