Planeta Etna Bianco DOC 2020 (Sicily, Italy) - [WE 92] [JS 92]

Planeta Etna Bianco DOC 2020
(Sicily, Italy) - [WE 92] [JS 92]

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About the Winery:
Planeta’s journey began at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, under the guidance of Diego 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. Planeta today encompasses six distinct wine estates in five regions across Sicily; Ulmo at Sambuca di Sicilia, Dispensa at Menfi, Dorilli at Vittoria, Buonivini at Noto, Sciara Nuova on Etna at Castiglione di Sicilia, and the newest addition, La Baronia at Capo Milazzo. Each vineyard site is carefully cultivated with grapes that best compliment the local terroir.

About the Wine:
This wine is produced from Carricante grapes partially fermented in barrels at our winery Feudo di Mezzo in the heart of Etnean wine cultivation. We have developed a contemporary expression of this vine, cultivated in the splendid and unique terroir of Etna.

Notes on the Vintage:
Our team has never before experienced a harvest so closely as that of 2020 or with greater attention. One must say ‘virtue comes of necessity’. The vineyard was at the centre of our lives, and of our care. Nature, differently to humanity, never stops, and we were behind it. Almost as if it wished to excuse itself, we were supported with well-timed rainfall and a particularly mild summer in the whole of Sicily. This gave rise to a memorable harvest, somewhat miserly in quantity but forever perfect on grounds of quality. Rainfall on Etna was equivalent to the decade’s average, even if the distribution differed from the norm; January and February were dry, instead July and August provided some well-timed rain which, on the volcano, are fundamental for quality. This is a vintage that with some thermal leaps in the summer and autumn showed again the hierarchy of altitude that by now we have observed for several years; better high up than down in the valleys!

Tasting Notes:
The very faint golden colour does not anticipate the explosion of aromas of ripe fruit and the aromatic load of white flowers which magically transport the drinker to the slopes of the volcano. On the palate the wine also succeeds in combining softness and boldness of taste with a drinkability rich with the authentic fruitiness of lemon peel and green apple, linked to a fascinating minerality which prolongs the finish.

Technical Information

Appellation: Etna DOC
Varietal Composition: 100% Carricante
Region: Sicily
Vineyard: Montelaguardia
Vineyard altitude: 690-720 meters above sea level
Vineyard soil type: perfectly positioned and exposed ground, black with lava sands and due to this extraordinarily rich in minerals with abundant structure of large dimensions, surrounded by woods and more recent lava flows.
Vine training method: espalier with Guyot pruning system.
Vinification: : the grapes are gathered manually into creates of 15-17 kg, they are immediately refrigerated at 6-8 °C for one night, and the following day are selected by hand on a vibrating table and sent for a light destalking and soft pressing. The must is decanted for 3/4 days, after being transferred and fermented at about 15 °C, 80% in stainless steel tanks, and 20% of the volume in 25 and 50 hl in oak barrels and in Nevers and Allier casks.
Alcohol: 12,74%

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - James Suckling:
" This has herbs, green apples, citrus fruit and pineapple on the nose. Seashells, too. Medium-bodied, crisp and mineral. Steely and textured. Carricante. Sustainable. Drink now." - (September 2022)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Wild oregano and sea grass (with lemon and brine) come together on the nose of Planeta's Etna bianco in a perfect marriage of the volcano and gulf that dominate the space in which its produced. Fried herbs and slate washed with sea water are on the palate, as is stone fruit that pops with citrus and acid and seemingly refuses to end." - Danielle Callegari (December 2022)