Sito dell’Ulmo Merlot

Sicilia D.O.C.

100% Merlot

Sito dell’Ulmo is a single-variety Merlot and from a ‘Single Vineyard’. Years of experience have helped us identify in the vineyards of Ulmo, planted in 1987 on the banks of Lake Arancio, the ideal place for the cultivation of this ancient French variety.

1997 - Wine Spectator: "Score 90 pt." - International Wine Challenge 1999: Silver Medal

1998 - Vini d'Italia 2001- Gambero Rosso: "Tre Bicchieri" Wine Advocate di Robert Parker agosto 2000: "Score 89 pt." IWC 2001: Silver Medal - "February 2009": 92/100

1999 - Vini d'Italia 2002: "Tre Bicchieri" Duemilavini 2001: "Cinque Grappoli" Robert Parker Wine Advocate: Rating: 90 pt." Vini d'Italia 2002 Guide de L'Espresso novembre 2001: "15.5 pt." Wine Spectator maggio 2002: "Best Buys" Wine Spectator novembre 2001: "Score 90 pt."

2000 - I Vini di Veronelli 2003: "Tre Stelle"

2001 -Duemilavini 2003 - AIS: "Cinque Grappoli" Wine Spectator gennaio 2004: "Score 90 pt."Gran Jury Europèen (GJE), Degustation d'une sèlection de grands cabernets_merlot du millèsime 2001: pt: 82.92.

2002 -Japan International Wine Challenge 2004: Silver Medal" Wine Spectator dicembre 2004: "Score 90 pt." "Vini Intelligenti" Guida ai Vini Intelligenti 2005 " Gambero Rosso Editore:"Vini Intelligenti" Gambero Rosso 2005 87 pt.Decanter - the world's best wine magazine: 15.2 pt. Decanter World Wine Awards - Silver award 2005

2003 -Enogea II ed.: 88 point D DuemilaVini 2006 A.I.S.: 4 Grappoli. Decanter World Wine Awards 2006: SILVER. Wine Spectator -April 2006-New Releases:Italy 90 pt.

2004 - Guida Vini d'Italia 2007 (Gambero Rosso e Slow Food Editore): Three Glasses - Wine Spectator Dicembre 2007: 86 pt - Wine Spectator January/February 2008: 86 pt - The 2007 Compendium: 86 pt - Grove Falstaff "Degustation Sizilien 2006": 90 pt

2005 - Wine Enthusiast (Buying Guide): 90 pt.

2006 - I Vini Veronelli 2009 (Veronelli Editore): 3 stars - Decanter Wine Competition: Commended - Wine Enthusiast "February 2009": 90 pt - Mondial du Merlot 2008: silver medal - Wine Spectator "October 2009": 86 pt - 5th International Wine Competition "Emotions from the World: Merlot and Cabernet Together": Gold Medal - "February 2009": 91/100

2007 - 17° Concours Mondial de Bruxelles: Gold Medal - Concorso nazionale Merlot d'Italia: Best previous vintage

2008-Guida ai Vini 2011 "Giornale di Sicilia": Five Stars





Above sea level



21°Average temperature


Farming system


Planting density

3.800 vines per hectare



Cloudiness 76%
Humidity 85%
Wind 0.76mh ↗

First Vintage


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  • 1995
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • Climate
    A very cool harvest, better for red wines than white.
  • Climate
    Hot August and cool September with some rain followed a winter with little rainfall.
  • Climate
    The cycle of hot harvests begins with dry hot weather throughout the harvest.
  • Climate
    Vintage characterised by winter and spring with little rain, very hot August and cool dry wines with tannin.
  • Climate
    Almost perfect vintage with really well concentrated reds having hot dense tannin.
  • Climate
    A cooler summer (as in 2004) produced varietal reds with soft clear tannin.
  • Climate
    Winter and spring with almost no rain. Low production and very good quality in contrast with the rest of Italy.
  • Climate
    More rain than usual refreshed part of the harvest, resulting in reds with colour and body.
  • Climate
    Cold wet winter and spring were a perfect preparation for the vines, harvest began 15 days late with cool temperate weather. Very fresh whites.
  • Climate
    Abundant spring and winter rain perfectly prepared the vineyards for summer and autumn ripening. The surprisingly fresh and cool temperatures of July, August and September achieved the rest, with the grapes arriving at the winery in perfect condition.
  • Climate
    A rainy late-autumn and low temperatures, though not excessively so, have laid strong basis to a good vintage . The vines were able to rest in well-soaked soil. After a rainy winter the spring was particularly cool and dry. A mild summer provided for excellent ripening of both white and red grapes. The 2006 vintage has been excellent with regard to the quality of the grapes. The grapes are sound, the yield generally about 10% down, though 20% lower for Merlot, Nero d'Avola and Frappato.This vintage can be described as luminous and sunny. All the sun-loving varieties such as Syrah and Nero d'Avola are of extraordinary richness. The whites are rich, creamy, and well-defined by type of grape.
  • Climate
    After two short but intense heatwaves, typical for the period from 20th July to 15th August, it stayed fine, temperatures stabilized, and persistent high pressure presented us with a vintage with no rainfall the first slight shower arrived on 25th September! and with amazing maturation. For those who enjoy comparisons, in our reckoning the recent years most similar to 2007, in Sicily, are 1997 and 2001.
  • Climate
    The result was a superb vintage, the indigenous varieties are absolutely excellent. The French varieties are intense and varietal.
  • Climate
    The climatic conditions prevailing during the 2010 harvest were particularly favourable. In 2009 the autumn finished with abundant rainfall, ideal for setting the vines to rest. The winter had normal temperatures and not too much rain. The spring was also average, with rain at the end. The summer began with cooler temperatures until the middle of August, when the temperature then rose to assist perfect ripening. Around 20th September rain assisted the harvest at Vittoria. On the other hand the beginning of summer on Etna was fairly dry but the rains at the end of September were useful and prolonged the harvest until 21st October. Might 2010 be one of the best vintages out of the previous ten? It is early to say but it is certainly a super vintage.

Time of Harvest





Destalking followed by 14 days on the skins; fermentation at 28⁰C; after racking malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and maturing for 14 months in barriques.


Alcohol Content



Aging Capacity

To drink at once or to age for 8-10 years

Tasting Notes
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Mouth
It is a multi-faceted and intriguing red wine which combines the pleasure of tannin with an extraordinary persistence of taste.
This version of a densely ruby coloured Merlot, so rich with the sweet juice of black currant and candied violet which alternates with thyme and lavender, cannot pass unnoticed either by the palate of a refined taste or by that of an enthusiastic novice.
A bewitching wine which gently overcomes you. Its uniqueness emerges in a particular way with a diverse but lively structure of tannins and with its strong and intensely savoury taste.
Although it can so easily be drunk on its own, its elegance renders it appropriate with white meat even when cooked with a sauce of considerable flavour, or else with some delicate fish cooked without lemon or even with baked vegetables.
With Casa Planeta’s Kitchen

Risotto with ragusano cheese

INGREDIENTS Serves 4 to 6

400 g / 14 oz. Carnaroli rice

250 g / 9 oz. grated Ragusano DOP

2 Giarratana onions (300 g / 10 oz.)

1 carrot

1 celery stalk

1 glass wine

salt to taste

black peppercorns to taste


Make a vegetable stock with the celery, carrot, onion, salt and a few peppercorns. In a large saucepan, a copper one would be ideal, put in the rice and let it toast, stirring gently with a wooden spoon. As soon as the rice is hot (you can use your hands to check!), pour in the wine and let bubble up until the alcohol evaporates. Start to add the stock to the rice, a ladleful at a time, stirring occasionally. Wait until each addition of stock has almost evaporated before adding the next ladleful. In the meantime, grate the Ragusano. When the rice is ready (after about 8 to 10 minutes), remove from the heat and add the grated Ragusano. Stir well. If you think the risotto isn’t creamy enough, add a little more hot stock.



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