Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante 2019

Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante 2019

 

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Planeta
Eruzione 1614 Carricante 2019
  • Vintage : 2019
  • Country : Italy
  • Region : Sicily
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 90% Carricante, 10% Riesling

The history of Etna is studded with the historic eruptions which have shaped it. That of 1614 is legendary, lasting ten years and the longest ever recorded, halting just on the border of the vineyards of Sciaranuova. A name strongly evocative of our Cru dell’Etna; Carricante with a small addition of Riesling. High altitude black soils confer a fresh, savoury and mineral style.

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 94 2018
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 93 2018
JS James Suckling 91 2018
WE Wine Enthusiast 93 2017
DCT Decanter 92 2017
W&S Wines & Spirits 90 2016
WS Wine Spectator 90 2015
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Tasting Notes: In this case, the pale golden colour does not anticipate the explosion of aromas of ripe fruit and the aromatic content of white flowers which magically transport the taster to the slopes of Etna.

On the palate as well the wine manages to combine softness and strength with a drinkable richness, with fruit flavours of lemon peel and green apple linked to an endearing mineral power which prolongs the finish.

Robert Parker (RP) : 94 Points (2018)
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.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 93 Points (2018)
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.

James Suckling (JS) : 91 Points (2018)
Lemon-rind, pear and green-apple aromas follow through to a full body with a round, creamy palate of ripe and dried fruit that comes across mostly tropical. Creamy texture. Really tangy.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 93 Points (2017)
Aromas of smoke, citrus, apricot and Mediterranean brush shape the enticing nose. Vibrant and savory, the linear, succulent palate delivers Meyer lemon, saline, crushed stone, yellow apple and grilled herbs alongside tangy acidity that leaves a juicy finish.

Decanter (DCT) : 92 Points (2017)
Grown at 980m, this unusual blend includes a little Riesling, just in case Carricante’s naturally high acidity isn’t sufficient! Tart and mineral nose, lime and green apple. Attack is zesty and citrussy, exhibiting a racy style and a long, sherbetty finish.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 90 Points (2016)
A legendary eruption on Mount Etna in 1614 sent lava flowing just short of the Sciaranuova vineyard, where the carricante vines that produce this wine are rooted in mineral-rich black sand. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, the wine shows some flinty reductive notes before opening up to reveal delicate lime-blossom scents, and flavors of crushed apple and tart lemon. Ten percent riesling boosts the fruity tones and buffers carricante’s stiff mineral spine.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 90 Points (2015)
A vibrant white that bursts with kiwifruit, white peach, blood orange zest and grated ginger flavors, accented by floral, saline and spice details. Light-bodied and sleek, this is graceful through to the creamy finish. Drink now through 2022. 4,300 cases made.

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