Planeta Merlot 2007
Merlot from Southern Italy, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
Intense ruby red color. 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.
"This full and generous Merlot (with a small percentage of Petit Verdot in the blend for extra richness) delivers beautifully elegant aromas of cherry, white mineral, spice, leather and dried tobacco. It is smooth and rich with a very fine quality of soft tannin."
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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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