A few days ago I had a fantastic dinner with a few friends. We tried two Sicilian red wines – one from Planeta and one from Girolamo Russo. Today I will talk about Planeta’s 2008 Maroccoli and next week about Girolamo Russo’s 2010 ‘a Rina.
Founded in 1995, this young winery has its headquarter in the commune of Sambuca. However, the Planeta family has been involved in wine-making for 17 generations dating back to 1500s.
Many things changed in the last decade and today Planeta can count themselves in as one of Italy’s most well-known wineries. Each year they bottle 2.000.000 bottles. What started out with just a single estate expanded quickly and only recently Planeta opened their sixth estate. The estates are scattered over the complete island which gives Planeta the opportunity to produce a large variety of unique wines.. Another advantage for Planeta to have several estates is the fact that they can plant each grape that they cultivate on the most suitable soil.
Tasting Notes 2008 Maroccoli
The grapes for the Maroccoli (100% Syrah) are grown on their main estate in Sambuca di Sicilia. Planeta believes that Sicilia offers ideal growing for Syrah because of the geographic position of the island. Sicily has lots of sunshine and a dry climate – perfect for Syrah. Maroccoli is classified as IGT Sicilia.
Maroccoli was first produced in 1999. The wine underwent a 12-day fermentation process in stainless steel tanks. Maroccoli aged one year in French oak from Allier. One third new and two thirds old oak.
In the glass, the wine had a ruby red color with garnet hues. The label listed ABV was 14.5%.
On the nose, intense aromas of black cherries & coffee as well as soft aromas of black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla & viola.
In the mouth, Maroccoli was dry, warm and a little bit salty. The wine had a very soft acidity and mellow tannins. Full-bodied with intense notes of dark chocolate. Well-balanced with great harmony. Lingering finish.
Maroccoli is one of the very best Syrah wines that I tasted. There were pretty much no flaws in this wine. It was simply perfect. Maroccoli is recommended. In Munich a bottle of Maroccoli retails for around 24€. According to Wine Searcher the wine is pretty much available world wide. However in most countries only older vintages seem to be available but 2008 is the current vintage.
Have you tried this wine? If you did then please share your thoughts about it in the comment section.