2018 Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante

94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
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From an altitude of more than 820 metres above sea level, this special white from Mount Etna in Sicily is composed of the increasingly famous local grape Carricante, along with a slight aromatic boost from a touch of Riesling. With green and ripe fruit against perfect acid freshness and an effortlessly mineral background from the local volcanic soils, this wine is as layered and nuanced as they come for anywhere near this price - with a special charm and complexity that is drawing the world's attention to Sicilian wines in general, and Etna wines in particular.
$44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle

Grape

Carricante with a little added Riesling

Its Origins

"Diego Planeta, along with Giacomo Rallo of Donnfugata and Lucio Tasca d’Almerita, is one of the three founding fathers of the “Sicilian wine renaissance” sparked 10 to 15 years ago. Cousins Francesca, Santi and Alessio Planeta hold the reigns to the estate today and have developed one of the most innovative and modern wine entities in Italy (they are among the most “liked” wineries on Facebook). The Planeta family boasts a gifted hand in marketing and their hard work has only helped to develop the “Sicily” brand within the many foreign markets they penetrate." Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner

What The Critics Say

94/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner

"Slightly evolved and showing a deep sense of complexity and textural richness, the Planeta 2018 Sicilia Carricante Eruzione 1614 is yet another reason to love Etna's terrific Carricante grape. (There's also a 10% touch of Riesling in this edition of 62,000 bottles.) That extra time in bottle, tasted now three years after the harvest, produces dusty mineral definition and ashy volcanic tones. The wine is linear and precise with more austerity that raises the bar in terms of its food-pairing potential. A beautiful seafood platter with grilled prawns might do the trick." Drink 2021 - 2028

93/100 Vinous, Eric Guido

"Decidedly more savory than sweet and flinty as well, the 2018 Carricante Eruzione 1614 sends up a stunning bouquet of dried apricots, grilled orange and hints of white pepper. Its silky and pliant textures quickly gain a more tactile feel, as a mix of bright acids, saline-minerals, tart orchard fruits and sour citrus cascades across the palate. There are depths unseen here, as the 2018 displays a youthful density while remaining lifted, balanced and simply tempting the imagination as to what’s to come with further cellaring. A beautiful Etna Carricante with a 10% addition of Riesling that shows tremendous tension. Well done." Drink 2022 - 2030

17/20 Jancis Robinson MW

"Deep greenish gold. Nutty, lime and lively astringent (in a good way). Amazing texture. Actually, this is an amazing wine in every way. It has so much extract, you can't believe it's only 12.5% alcohol. Fresh, grippy but maybe a geeks' wine? Love it! So long! Pretty good price considering the age and quality. Full tall flute bottle 1,242 g. Vines planted at 800 m on volcanic soils. Carricante and a little bit of Riesling. GV." Drink 2020 - 2025

Variety Other white
Region Sicily
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.50%
Maturity 2020 - 2030

This Wine Goes Well With

with CHICKEN
with FISH
with SEAFOOD

Taste

3

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