2020 Planeta Menfi Chardonnay

93 Points John Caro
In stock
A premium icon Chardonnay grown in Mediterranean warmth by Planeta. The Plantea family are steeped in local Sicilian tradition, but are also fine-tuned experts in cosmopolitan taste. Thus the "whole new level" of international acclaim won by this superb Chardonnay grown in Menfi, just down the island's south coast from Marsala. Here consistent sun and cooling sea breezes produce a ripe, powerful and generous style. Tropical fruits, toasty butter and textural French oak build on the palate in a charismatic way that is less typically Italian or French than it is simply delicious. Broad and expressive, decant this beauty now or age it further.
$54.99 in mixed 6+ or $61.99 per bottle

Grape

Chardonay

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

95/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner (2019 vintage)

"The Planeta 2019 Sicilia Menfi Chardonnay is a true beauty, and it's incredible to think that as many as 200,000 bottles were produced at this quality. The wine boasts a slightly old-school personality for oak-aged Chardonnay, but it is remarkably vibrant and quick-footed nonetheless. Instead of overt toast or butter, this wine shows all-Sicilian notes of toasted almond and candied fruit. It offers a medium gold color and a lifted, mid-weight texture. Fresh acidy adds sharpness and focus. The Planeta family is doing wonders with Chardonnay (you might also try the fabulous Didacus), and you can't beat this price point."

Variety Chardonnay
Region Sicily
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2022 - 2029

This Wine Goes Well With

with CANAPES
with CHICKEN
with FISH

Taste

4

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