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Planeta
Cometa
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
Grape Varieties100% Fiano
AppellationSicilia IGT
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DescriptionPlaneta is a Journey through Sicily.And that journey 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. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s. Planeta's first winery, Ulmo, together with an old family farmhouse, is situated on the banks of the Arancio Lake in the western portion of Sicily. The soil here is deep and chalky, perfect for the production of Planeta's great white wines: Chardonnay and Cometa.
VinificationThe grapes are de-stemmed and crushed; the juice is clarified through cold settling overnight and then inoculated with selected yeast. Fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks over a 20 day period at a cold temperature of 15˚C (59˚F). Bottled in the second half of February following the year of harvest.
ColorStraw yellow with evident green tints
NoseIntense, luscious; within the wide range of aromas one can distinguish lychees, nectarines, pineapple
PalateElegant and full, with fruit flavors accented by intriguing fragrances of the seashore
AnalysisAlcohol: 14 %pH: 3.37TA: 6.8 g/L
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsAn outstanding match with seafood tartare, asparagus soup, ravioli with ricotta cheese and duck breast with wild mushrooms.