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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Planeta Merlot 2007
Planeta Merlot 2007
(search item no. 116079)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.
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About Planeta:

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 members occupy full-time roles in the company. Alessio, with the help of Marcello, is in charge of vineyard management, Francesca looks after sales and marketing. Chiara deals with public relations and Giovanni handles administration - truly a family-fun operation. The two properties which make up the estate, Ulmo and Dispensa, both have north-west facing vineyards located at about 250 meters above sea level. Vines are trained on vertical trellises using double Guyot systems. Ulmo, which began production in 1985, has 45 hectares of vineyard, production from the 37 hectares at the Dispensa estate began with the 1997 vintage.