Planeta Merlot 2005

Merlot from Southern Italy, Italy

$37.99 $28.99
Save $9.00
Item No. 99433
  • red wine
  • WE90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Intense ruby red. Refined scents of blackcurrant, ripe prune and violet, with a whisper of mint chocolate. Penetrating notes of sage and bay leaves evolve. Full, velvety and lingering on the palate. Fruit flavors, tannins and a light acidity are in harmonious balance. Enjoy with grilled meats, hearty vegetable dishes and stews.

Critical Acclaim

"Fresh black cherries,coffee, chocolate, and delicate notes of crushed mint characterize this plump, juicy Merlot. It boasts a dark ruby color and nice combination that feels supple and creamy in the mouth. There's just enough structure to avoid flabbiness and to suggest a pairing with braised lamb or grilled meat."
90 Points

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Rating:
(3/2/2011)
Planeta 2005 Merlot is a good wine. Nothing to write home about, but it tastes fine. It leaves a kind of woodsy cedar taste in your mouth that is pleasant and goes down easy. My issue with this wine is the price. Creeping up to almost $40 a bottle I feel is a little steep, as I can get two bottles of a different wine for the same price, of equal or better quality. I have no problem putting out the cash for a more expensive wine; however, I feel this wine is not worth the price and is more suited to the $20 price range. My advice, sit this one out, its fine in taste, but there are a lot of wines that are fine in taste for a lot cheaper.
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The Planeta family had been cultivating vines in the region of Manfi and Sambuca di Sicilia, not far from Agrigento, for more than 300 years. The company is managed today by the new generation under the direction of Diego Planeta, President since 1972, of the local cooperative and an influential figure in the increase of awareness of quality wines in this region. Other family...

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