- Item #: i_302679Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 99JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS - "This is big and powerful, without being ripe and heavy. So much apple, stone, and hints of toffee. Aromatic. Full-bodied, layered and framed with phenolic tension and a great finish. Muscular and agile at the same time. One of the best I have tasted."
- Item #: i_301950Bottle Size: 750MLThis acclaimed Chardonnay, first crafted in 1987, is dedicated to U2’s 1987 album “The Joshua Tree” and the song “Where the Streets Have No Name.” The wine is a beautiful straw yellow color, with enticing, complex aromas and elegant flavors of ripe exotic fruit, melted butter, vanilla and pastries. This wine is both rich and delicate.
- Item #: i_303117Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2017 Sicilia Menfi Chardonnay boasts the energy and radiance of the new world of Sicilian enology. Toasted spice and apricot are followed by honey, poached pear and sweet spice such as cinnamon and nutmeg (but only just a pinch). I'll give this wine a solid 10-year drinking window. There is a touch of sweet honey on the finish."
La Planeta is one of the great success stories coming out of the Italian island of Sicily. Three enthusiastic young Sicilians – Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s on plots of land the family has owned since the 1600s. In a short time, they helped bring about a “Sicilian wine renaissance”, achieving success and critical acclaim by brilliantly matching grape varieties to the diverse Sicilian soils and emphasizing quality. Perhaps their first flagship wine to really shake up the wine world was their stunning Chardonnay.
The winery and the old family farmhouse are situated on the banks of Arancio Lake in the eastern portion of Sicily. The soil is deep and chalky, which is perfect for the production of Planeta’s Chardonnay. The wine is fermented and aged for 10 months in 225-liter French oak barrels, 50% new and 50% one-year-old before bottling.