Planeta Chardonnay Sicilia IGT 2009
Planeta is now a world famous Italain producer. Planeta wines represent a journey through the whole of Sicily with vineyards dotted across the island from east to west. The Planeta Chardonnay has become the image illustrating the changes taking place in Sicilian wines. It was born from a dream of competing with the world in the production of this noble and widespread grape variety. A long progress begun in 1985 which has been full of surprise and success. Today Planeta’s Chardonnay is an icon for the whole of Sicily. The vines of Ulmo and Maroccoli which create it are unique in their location and terroir.Its fermentation and maturing in French barrels, which by now has been carefully planned for years, delivers an extraordinarily graceful, powerful wine. This wine is golden yellow with lively green glints. Rich and intense, this has aromas of peach, golden apple, white figs, vanilla cream, meringue. Hints of hazelnut and Zagara Honey complement shy by well balanced wood. Soft, round, energetic, full, its balance is characterized by a fine acidity, the fresh flavour and substantial extract. Perfect with air-dried ham, such as prosciutto but also ideal with all kind of risotto and white meat. After a few years of maturation this could also be served with herby cheese.
The 2010 vintage had a golden yellow color with green hues. There were aromas of apricot, vanilla, blossom honey, candied almonds, toasted hazelnut, banana, passion fruit and golden apple. Oak seemed to be more well-balanced here and furthermore the nose had even more to offer than the 2009 vintage which already showed a high diversity. Tasting notes from Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com/2009-and-2010-planeta-chardonnay-igt/
The 2009 vintage had a straw-gold color. On the nose a heavy aroma of apricot, a bit of banana, golden apple, blossom honey and hints of toasted hazelnut. Alcohol by volume was label listed at 13.5%. Rich and round on the palate with some acidity. Lots of notes of rather exotic, ripe fruit. Not overwhelmingly complex. Very long aftertaste. Tasting notes from Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com/2009-and-2010-planeta-chardonnay-igt/
A little bit too intense, paid €21, a questionable value for money
Beautifull yellow with gold and green shades. It offers an intense, complex and fine aroma, with a pleasant delicate note of toasted vanilla. Structured and Balanced, this wine is a great companion for mushroom based sauces.
Golden yellow in the glass, exceptionally strong colour for a white. The nose is giving sweet aromas of apples, caramel and honey, a really polished nose. The palate is outstanding, really creamy with hints of citrus fruits, very little oak. I really recommend this Chardonnay very highly possibly the best Chardonnay currently produced in Italy.
External Reviews for Planeta Chardonnay Sicilia IGT
Vibrant gold in color, this complex and rich chardonnay boasts a beautiful nose of toasted hazelnuts, caramelized pineapple, passion fruit, bartlett pears, allspice, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is savory and multifaceted, with notes of of brioche, pistachi
Goldgelb mit lebhaften grünen Reflexen, feine Aromen von Aprikosen, Weissdorn, Heu und Vanille-Creme mit leichten Noten von Orangenblüten, das Holz-Aroma bleibt zart, die fruchtigen Aromen setzen sich dabei durch. Der Geschmack ist harmonisch, rund und erfüllend, der Korpus ist voll, im langen Finale machen sich angenehme mineralische Noten deutlich.
Planeta is a Journey through Sicily. And that journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s. 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 and Cometa. Production Area Menfi, Sicili, Italy Grape Varieties 100% Chardonnay Vinification The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed; the juice is clarified through cold settling overnight and then inoculated wit selected yeast. Fermented and aged in 225-liter French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% one-year-old. The wine is aged for 10 months in barrel before bottling and release. Color Golden yellow with lively green glints. Bouquet Rich and intense. Aromas of peach, golden apple, white figs, vanilla cream, and meringue mingle with overtones of hazelnut and honey. The wood is shy but well balanced. Taste Soft, round and concentrated on the palate; the fruit flavors are wonderfully balanced by a powerful streak of acidity and rich mineral character. Alcohol 14% Serving Suggestions An outstanding match for ravioli with fish and lemon sauce, handmade pasta with truffles, and grilled meats. After some years of bottle aging, enjoyable with mature cheeses.
"Planeta Chardonnay 2007 contains golden yellow with lively green glints. It has rich and intense. Aromas of peach
Farbe: Strohgelb mit grünen Reflexen. Intensive Nase, fruchtig und aromatisch nach Eiche, Zitrus und Passionsfrucht. Im Gaumen stoffig, viel Kraft, komplex, perfektes Zusammenspiel von Holz, Säure und Frucht. Langer und frischer Abgang.
Wine Enthusiast ReviewThis vintage of Planeta's celebrated Chardonnay is full-bodied and lush, with notes of peach, yellow rose, vanilla and honey, framed by toasted hazelnuts. The wine delivers a creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel with power and intensity, and continues with a long, soft finish.Wine Tasting NotesGolden yellow with bright greenish hues. Rich, intense, fruity. Peach mousse, black figs, rose and vanilla cream. Overtones of hazelnut with a hint of orange blossom honey. The wood is delicate and hidden beneath the fruit fragrances. Soft, strong, extremely warm. Its wonderful balance is held by a powerful streak of acidity. Perfect for cheese ravioli, fish soup and vegetable risotto.
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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