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Planeta
Etna Bianco DOC
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
Grape Varieties100% Carricante from the Montelaguardia vineyard
AppellationEtna DOC
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DescriptionPlaneta is a Journey through Sicily which begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Here on Italys most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Careful research were rewarded when Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim when introduced in the U.S. market in the late 1990s.Etna Bianco is produced at Planetas fifth and most recently built winery, Feudo di Mezzo, in Castiglione di Sicilia, the heart of Etna viticulture. The location is spectacularly located in the path of a lava flow from a 1566 eruption. The volcanic stone garden is a beautiful setting for the winery where it blends into the interesting landscape. This is one of the most famous areas of Etna, a few meters away, and in between, Planetas vineyards, Sciara Nuova and Montelaguardia.Etna Bianco is produced from Carricante grapes and partially fermented in barriques.This wine is a modern expression of this noble vine now cultivated in the splendid and unique terroir of Etna.
VinificationThe grapes are hand-picked and are at once placed in controlled-temperature conditions of 46°F. After light crushing and de-stemming, the grapes are soft pressed.
ColorStraw yellow.
NoseAromas of almond, wild honey and ripe melon.
PalatePeach, ripe mango and prickly pear.
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.0 %pH: 3.31TA: 6.25
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsPerfect with fish carpaccio, sushi, sashimi, fresh fruit, light pizzas, vegetable crudite and soft cheeses.