My wine of the year is brand new: Planeta's 2009 Carricante, a white wine from the vineyards on Mount Etna, in Sicily. In many ways, this could be Italy's most important new wine of the year...Planeta's first wine made from Mt. Etna, the 2009 Carricante (about $40 retail), made from the Sciara Nuova vineyard, is a beauty: very lively, brimming with minerally flavors, with a lemony zip, it really wakes up the palate. It's a natural pairing for seafood or with a seafood pasta dish...
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Grape Varieties100% Carricante
DescriptionPlaneta 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. The natural progress of Planeta's journey necessarily lead to Etna, to the Muntagna as it is called, with respect, by its inhabitants. A fascinating terroir with great potential, where Sicily is shown in a unique manner resulting from the areas soil and microclimate. These elements inspired Planeta from the beginning with an environment different from what they were used to. Harvests at the end of October, cool if not downright cold temperatures and thus different wines, different aromas and a completely different approach.
VinificationGrapes were harvested in early October, soft pressed and not destemmed. Pre-fermentation maceration took place for 6 hours at 46˚F, then fermentation at 59˚F for 20 days. The wine remains on the lees in stainless steel until February, without malolactic fermentation.
ColorPale yellow with green reflections.
NoseGreen apple, typical of the vines grown at an altitude. White flowers and wild honey.
PalateA mineral freshness due to the volcanic soil and the altitude.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.1 %pH: 3.2RS: 1.8g/LTA: 7.55 g/L
Serving SuggestionsAn outstanding match for ravioli with fish and lemon sauce, handmade pasta with truffles, and grilled meats.