This Sicilian Chardonnay from Planeta leaves a lasting impression. Clear and gold as the Italian sun, the first impression is all ripe yellow apple and tropical fruits, but the palate brings a surprising depth of volume and opulence with flaky cannoli crust, stone fruit and vanilla cream. A river of minerality wends delicately through fields of peach and marzipan that lead to a powerful, balanced finish. This Chardonnay promises the sun and the stars, then throws in the moon for good measure.
Rich with Sicilian puff pastry and cannoli crust, the 2018 Sicilia Menfi Chardonnay is an elaborate and full-bodied expression of this important white grape. The wine drives home a lasting impression of volume and opulence thanks to stone fruit, vanilla cream and baked bread. That touch of acidity is just enough to keep the wine light and jazzy in terms of mouthfeel. I also get that sweetness from Sicilian blood orange juice when it's freshly squeezed.