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Planeta - Etna Bianco 2018

Information

  • Country: Italy
  • Wine Region: Sicily
  • Wine Area: Etna
  • Wine Maker: Alessio Planeta
  • Grape: Carricante
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Carricante
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2015) VS: 89 (2016) JR: 16 (2014) WS: 89 (2015) JS: 93 (2016) WE: 92 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

Pale yellow with green highlights. Aromas of white peach, yellow plum, herbal notes. The small percentage of wine fermented in wood softens the refreshing acidity typical of the Carricante and add complexity to the mineral character of this volcanic wine.

Winery Information

Planeta

Since its inception in 1985 the Planeta winery has in a relatively short space of time established itself as one of the most dynamic and quality orientated wineries in the whole of Italy. The fact that the estate is based in the south west corner of Sicily ? an island which for so long has been a quality winemaking backwater ? makes the achievement all the more remarkable. Run by cousins Francesca, Alessio and Santi Planeta the estate won the coveted Cantina dell?Anno (Italian winery of the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)90 pts

Aug 2017 - Planeta's 2015 Etna Bianco is a terrific wine that shows surprising fullness and volume (for the Carricante grape which is usually more streamlined in approach). This wine, however, boasts extra stuffing or fiber that adds to the wine's volume and, ultimately, to its persistence. The bouquet delivers an attractive assembly of white peach, citrus, honey and crushed-granite aromas. The wine is inherently simple in spirit, but it awards a thoroughly refreshing drinking experience nonetheless.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2016)89 pts

Pale straw-green with golden highlights. Aromas and flavors of ripe apple, pear and grapefruit, with a vanilla twist thrown in. Big dense and rich, this is a round creamy wine that showcases very good balance. Finishes long, ripe and glyceral. Made with 100% Carricante partially fermented in barriques, which helps explain this wine’s richness and why it’s less laser-like and lemony than 100% Carricante wines usually are.

JancisRobinson.com (2014)16 pts

July 2015 - This is even more obviously Etna than the Eruzione 1614. Super-tangy and mineral, the wine is a little sweeter and more mainstream. 15% of the fruit was barrel fermented. Very creditable balance.

Wine Spectator (2015)89 pts

Web Only 2017 - A well-balanced and fresh white, with a tang of salinity underscoring the mix of spice, ripe pear, blanched almond and spring blossom flavors. Clean-cut and linear, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2022.

James Suckling (2016)93 pts

A beautiful white with sliced apple and lemon rind character. Salty, too! Full body, plenty of fruit and a oily yet fresh finish. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2016)92 pts

Radiant and refined, this white opens on aromas of Spanish broom, white flowers and Mediterranean brush. It's savory and racy, offering apple, pear and orange flavors alongside bright acidity. A salty mineral note lingers on the finish.

Vinification Notes

From Planeta's Feudo di Mezzo estate, at 700m above sea level on the northern slopes of Mount Etna. The main white vine variety here is Carricante. The soil is extraordinarily mineral-rich: derived from weathered lava, which can also be seen in the stones of local buildings and vineyard terraces. Grapes are picked into crates and are at once refrigerated at 8°C. After light crushing and destemming they are gently pressed. The decanted must is racked and inoculated with yeasts, and ferments at 15°C for 20 days. The wine remains on the lees until February with regular 'batonnage'. 10% of the must is fermented in oak barriques. The wine is then matured in stainless steel tanks and Allier oak 225 litre barriques