I anticipated a number of fine Nero d'Avola-based wines for WineBloggingWednesday#8. I enjoy these wines, but wanted to find something a little different. My choices are limited in Utah. The state wine store offers only two Sicilian reds. Luckily one isn't a Nero; it's a Syrah by Planeta. "Planeta" is an apt descriptor of this wine - it's very big and very round. In fact I could've sworn I heard the following words echoing in the bottle: "Go big or go home!"
The Wine Doctor provides a nice history of the Planeta winery and its current offerings. It’s only been in existence 10 years. Thus I expected Planeta’s 2002 Syrah to be a big new world example of this Rhône varietal. It’s big, but thankfully, not too big.
- From the Maroccoli and Gurra vineyards on Sicily
- Deep, dark indigo in color giving way to a pink rim
- Heavy-duty concentrated scents of black plum, stewed blackberries, and dates. Both sweet and savory spiciness leaps from the glass
- Full-bodied with raisiny fruit flavors, round tannins, and a slightly spicy finish. It’s well-balanced and isn’t syrupy the way many gigantic Syrah/Shiraz-based wines are. Still a bit over the top. I think it could use another 2-3 years in ye olde bottle
***.5 (3.5 stars out of 5)
Planeta Syrah is nearly a meal by itself. Some may want to use a spoon. I had it with Patatas Bravas and smoked sausage. It amped up all the flavors and made for a lavish dining experience.