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Planeta
Merlot
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
Grape Varieties100% Merlot
AppellationSicilia IGT
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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 Italys 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 thePlaneta 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 theinternational red grape varieties which are transformed into wine at La Dispensa winery Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
VinificationThe grapes are de-stemmed and crushed; extraction on skins followed by 14 days of maceration at 82°F with fermentation taking place in stainless steel tanks.
ColorIntense ruby red
NoseRefined scents of black currant, ripe prune and violet, with a whisper of mint chocolate; penetrating notes of sage and bay
PalateFull, velvety and lingering on the palate; fruit flavors, tannins and a light acidity are in harmonious balance
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.5 %pH: 3.38TA: 6.0 g/L
Bottle size
750 ml, 1.5 L
Serving SuggestionsEnjoy with grilled meats, hearty vegetable dishes and stews