Planeta Etna Rosso DOC 2020 (Sicily, Italy) - [JS 93] [WE 91]

Planeta Etna Rosso DOC 2020
(Sicily, Italy) - [JS 93] [WE 91]

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About the Winery:
Planeta’s journey began at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, under the guidance of Diego 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. Planeta today encompasses six distinct wine estates in five regions across Sicily; Ulmo at Sambuca di Sicilia, Dispensa at Menfi, Dorilli at Vittoria, Buonivini at Noto, Sciara Nuova on Etna at Castiglione di Sicilia, and the newest addition, La Baronia at Capo Milazzo. Each vineyard site is carefully cultivated with grapes that best compliment the local terroir.

About the Wine:
This wine is produced by our winery Feudo di Mezzo situated in the heart of Etna’s wine area. It is made from Nerello Mascalese grapes and is an expression of this noble vine cultivated in the splendid and unique terroir of Etna.

Notes on the Vintage:
Our team has never before experienced a harvest so closely as that of 2020 or with greater attention. One must say ‘virtue comes of necessity’. The vineyard was at the centre of our lives, and of our care. Nature, differently to humanity, never stops, and we were behind it. Almost as if it wished to excuse itself, we were supported with well-timed rainfall and a particularly mild summer in the whole of Sicily. This gave rise to a memorable harvest, somewhat miserly in quantity but forever perfect on grounds of quality. Rainfall on Etna was equivalent to the decade’s average, even if the distribution differed from the norm; January and February were dry, instead July and August provided some well-timed rain which, on the volcano, are fundamental for quality. This is a vintage that with some thermal leaps in the summer and autumn showed again the hierarchy of altitude that by now we have observed for several years; better high up than down in the valleys!

Tasting Notes:
Vanilla, sour cherry, wild strawberry, a very clean flowery touch. Fleshy and smooth in the mouth. Very expressive fruit with more complex aromatic intrusions of undergrowth, myrtle and oriental spices. A wine which unexpectedly transforms itself into a champion of red drinks, with marked flavour and a tasting profile with emerging and exciting traces of iron, rhubarb and black pepper.

Technical Information

Appellation: Etna DOC
Varietal Composition: 100% Nerello Mascalese
Region: Sicily
Vineyard: Feudo di Mezzo; Pietramarina
Vineyard altitude: 610, 510 meters above sea level
Vineyard soil type: perfectly positioned and exposed ground, black with lava sands and due to this extraordinarily rich in minerals with abundant structure of large dimensions, surrounded by woods and more recent lava flows.
Vine training method: espalier with spurred cordon pruning system.
Vinification: : The grapes are gathered in crates of about 15-17 kg and refrigerated at about 10 °C and then selected by hand. After destemming fermentation up to 24 °C in wooden vats and stainless steel tanks. They remain on the skins for 12-18 days, daily undergoing two manual pressings or a punching-down, then they are drawn off with the help of the vertical press.

Alcohol: 13.2%

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - James Suckling:
"A rather inviting nose of cracked pepper, red cherry and dried thyme. Medium-bodied with silky tannins. Bright acidity and fresh fruit character wash over the palate with a juicy finish. Charming and delicious. Sustainable. Better after 2023." - (September 2022)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
" On the nose this wine blooms with cherry blossoms and wild strawberries that pop up through gravel and soil. Cherries and berries are joined by rose petals and tea leaves for a tannic, crunchy-fruit palate outlined with chalky tannins and vibrant acidity." - Danielle Callegari (May 2023)