Planeta is expanding its offering of Etna wines and this base red is part of that effort. The 2015 Etna Rosso is a subtle and easygoing wine that offers a quick and informal alternative to the large majority of Nerello Mascalese-based wines that tend to be much more austere and reticent in character. This wine reads like an open book. It flaunts its primary fruit, its fresh acidity and its firm but not astringent mouthfeel. Drink this Etna Rosso with barbecued meats.
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Etna Rosso DOC
Grape Varieties100% Nerello Mascalese
DescriptionPlaneta is a Journey through Sicily which 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. Years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Careful research were rewarded when Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim when introduced in the U.S. market in the late 1990s.Etna Rosso is produced at Planetas fifth and most recently built winery, Feudo di Mezzo, in Castiglione di Sicilia, the heart of Etna viticulture. The location is spectacularly located in the path of a lava flow from a 1566 eruption. The volcanic stone garden is a beautiful setting for the winery where it blends into the interesting landscape. This is one of the most famous areas of Etna, a few meters away, and in between, Planetas vineyards, Sciara Nuova and Montelaguardia.Etna Rosso is produced from Nerello Mascalese grapes and partially fermented in barriques. This wine is a modern expression of this noble vine now cultivated in the splendid and unique terroir of Etna.
VinificationThe grapes are picked into crates and refrigerated at 50°F before being selected by hand. After destemming and crushing, grapes ferment for 12 days with two pump overs each day.
NoseExpressive, intense fruit notes along with more complex aromas of forest floor, myrtle and sweet spice.
PalateVanilla, black cherry, wild strawberry, and a hint of flowers; full-bodied yet smooth.
AnalysisAlcohol: 14 %pH: 3.38TA: 5.51
Serving SuggestionsA versatile wine to be enjoyed daily with pasta with tomato sauce, pizza, meats, fish, mushroom dishes or aged cheeses.