LA SEGRETA ROSSO, SICILIA DOC

Planeta

APPELLATION

Sicilia (Menfi D.O.C.)

GRAPE VARIETIES

50% Nero d'Avola, 25% Merlot, 20% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc

WINEMAKERS

Patricia Toth

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.55
Alcohol
13%

2016

92POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
OCTOBER 2018
2018

91POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
NOVEMBER 2020
BACKGROUND

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.
La Segreta takes its name from the wood that surrounds the vineyard at Ulmo. This young fresh wine composed principally of Nero d’Avola grapes, the banner of Sicilian wine, gains style and personality with the addition of international grapes. All the grapes are knowledgeably cultivated in vineyards owned by Planeta. La Segreta is the versatile companion for daily drinking, suitable for the most diverse occasions. It is a perfect approach to Sicilian wine with its good relationship between quality and price, guaranteed by the Planeta family’s patient work, from vine to bottle.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

Dispensa (altitude: 45-75 meters a.s.l) soils are moderately deep, chalky, moderately limey with little structure. Maroccoli (370-430 meters a.s.l.) has lime soil with rich structure, little chalk and abundant silty areas. Gurra (35-75 meters a.s.l.) has moderately deep soil with little lime, no structure and is very chalky. Buonivini (40-70 meters a.s.l.) soils consist of lime marl, abundant structure and fine texture with light-colored chalk pieces.
After more than 10 years of sustainable agriculture and several years of converting to organic cultivation, everything went very well for Planeta in 2021. Budding occurred slightly earlier than usual but the harvest began only a week early. What actually determined the decidedly successful vintage was the rainfall: abundant for Sicilian summers, in June, July and August. In between there were dry days, perfect for the harvest. This rain mitigated the effects of the heat and produced a special harvest at Menfi. The grapes were perfectly healthy and this was a magnificent vintage in the west for quality as well as quantity, particularly for red wines.

WINEMAKING

Harvesting took place August 26–Sept 26. The grapes were picked and transported to the winery in small-medium sized trolleys, then destemmed and pressed and sent to stainless steel vats. The grapes were stirred three times a day with very brief pumpings. The fermentation lasts 7-8 days; the temperature in the first phases is maintained at 60-62°F and then the refrigeration is suspended and the final degrees of alcohol are achieved at temperatures of 75-77°F. Once the fermentation is finished, the skins are decanted. The malolactic fermentation occurs in the same vats and then, after the decanting following the malolactic, maturation begins, still in the stainless steel vats.

TASTING NOTES

Intense and vivid ruby red color. On the nose aromas of currants and mulberries with a final spicy and minty note. In the mouth the wine demonstrates its fine personality with flavors of ripe wild fruit, balanced by a full and grassy taste. The tannins are soft and well smoothed giving this wine a very versatile character.
For daily consumption, it is ideally matched with Mediterranean pasta dishes, light meat dishes, vegetables and also blue fish.

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