Pale copper color; strawberry, peach, raspberry, hibiscus on the nose; strawberry, pomegranate, raspberry, white cherry, peach, citrus on the palate.
Dry; light body; excellent acidity (3.18 pH). Zesty, clean, fresh and fruity. Blend of 50% nero d’avola and 50% syrah. After destemming they go to press for maceration of about one hour—thus the faint color. A static decantation for three days follows. The clear part is decanted and ferments about five days in stainless steel tanks. The wine is racked and undergoes slight macro-oxygenation, and this is left on the finest lees with weekly stirring. Some of the juice racked in oak and has time on the lees. Then the nero d’avola and syrah are blended and bottled.
Planeta prides itself on being progressive. The website notes: “For five centuries and through seventeen generations, our family has been involved with the course of agricultural evolution in the complex land of Sicily, with an approach always inclined to openness and innovation. Where too often the agricultural world has been confined to ancient ideas of social tradition and production processes, instead we have inherited, from each generation, an instinct to change and to generate positive changes around us, both with people and in the culture.”
Planeta Rosé Sicilia DOC 2021—excellent as an aperitif and as solo drinker on a warm day. Made in Provence style. Very refreshing. Well worth a try when you find it. Pair with lighter seafood; tempura; sushi; garden salads; raw and cooked vegetables; vegetarian fare. Cheese—fresh cheeses like burrata, mozzarella; feta; halloumi. $16-20