Even though it’s always “yes way, Rosé” in Miami, my neighbors to the north are finally getting some decent weather for some spring time sipping. In celebration of spring and all things Rosé, I pulled out my most festive accouterments for the occasion and a bottle of Planeta Rosé.
Sambuca di Sicilia is the estate which the Planeta family has owned since the 1600s. Three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca, and Santi 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. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. (MURICA) in the late 1990s.
This Italian Rosé comes from Planeta’s Dispensa estate, located within the Menfi hills and covering 160 hectares. The soil is an average depth, moderately limey with mixed yellow and grey chalk, moderately fine texture, with a few stones present.
The family houses are within the Baglio, while around them lie the production, administrative, and planning centers. The larger part of the company’s production takes place there, and they have built two wineries; the large and the small. The Infernotto, inside the small winery, is the family caveau, with a collection of their favorite labels from all over the world and all the Planeta vintages. The Library holds hundreds of Italian and foreign books, from 1700 to the present, all dedicated to vines and wine.
The wine is pale pink in color with a hint of copper. It’s floral on the nose with citrus, peach, and strawberry on the mouth. It’s delightfully fruity and has a nice balance of acidity and sweetness on the palate. It’s light and bright, ready for warmer weather. You can find it online for under $15 so it’s a great value. I paired it with psychedelic vibes. Cheers!