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.
Territories & Wineries
Sito dell’Ulmo Merlot
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 - www.wineanorak.com "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 EuropÃ¨en (GJE), Degustation d'une sÃ¨lection de grands cabernets_merlot du millÃ¨sime 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 - www.wineanorak.com "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
3.800 vines per hectare
ClimateA very cool harvest, better for red wines than white.
ClimateHot August and cool September with some rain followed a winter with little rainfall.
ClimateThe cycle of hot harvests begins with dry hot weather throughout the harvest.
ClimateVintage characterised by winter and spring with little rain, very hot August and cool dry September.red wines with tannin.
ClimateAlmost perfect vintage with really well concentrated reds having hot dense tannin.
ClimateA cooler summer (as in 2004) produced varietal reds with soft clear tannin.
ClimateWinter and spring with almost no rain. Low production and very good quality in contrast with the rest of Italy.
ClimateMore rain than usual refreshed part of the harvest, resulting in reds with colour and body.
ClimateCold wet winter and spring were a perfect preparation for the vines, harvest began 15 days late with cool temperate weather. Very fresh whites.
ClimateAbundant 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.
ClimateA 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.
ClimateAfter 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.
ClimateThe result was a superb vintage, the indigenous varieties are absolutely excellent. The French varieties are intense and varietal.
ClimateThe 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.
To drink at once or to age for 8-10 years