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Grape Varieties70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc
AppellationSicilia IGT
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  • 92 Points
    Wine Enthusiast December 31, 2009
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 Italy's 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. Menfi, in the southeastern portion of Sicily, is the heart of Planeta and its operational base. Various types of soil are found here, but all are rich in lime and clay, ideal for the international red grape varieties which are transformed into wine at La Dispensa winery - Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Burdese pays tribute to the traditional Bordeaux blend, as the name means "Bordeaux" in the Sicilian dialect.
VinificationMaceration on the skins for 15-18 days. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 82°F. The wine matures in new French oak Allier barrels for 14 months, undergoing malolactic fermentation in barrel, with an additional 12 months in bottle.
ColorDeep ruby red.
NoseRich and concentrated. Aromas of wild berries mingle with scents of macerated black cherries, leather, earth, cacao and mineral notes.
PalateFull-bodied, vibrant and concentrated, with a remarkably deep and dense tannic structure, yet elegant; aromas carry through to palate and mingle with spicy and savory notes.
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.5 %pH: 3.45TA: 6.0 g/L
Serving SuggestionsEnjoy with hearty beef stew and potatoes, grilled tuna steaks or roast fillet in a wine sauce.