Wine Details

Cottanera Barbazzale Etna Rosso DOC

The Barbazzale Etna Rosso is based predominantly on the indigenous Sicilian grape Nerello Mascalese, a dark-skinned variety that grows most commonly on the volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna. This highly regarded variety tends to produce wines that reflect their surroundings, resulting in firm, fresh reds with fruity, herbaceous flavors, excellent minerality and an earthy nuance and an elegance and finesse often compared to that of Pinot Noir. Nerello Cappuccio completes the Etna Rosso blend (as is typical of Etna Rosso DOC wines) lending color and perfume, as well as softening out some of Nerello Mascalese's harder edges. On the nose, the wine entices with aromas of raspberries, blackberries and wildflowers entwined with a touch of minerality. The palate is fresh and aromatic, balanced by good tannins.

Region:

Producer:

Cottanera

Varietal:

90% Nerello Mascalese 10% Nerello Cappuccio

Vineyard:

Contrada Cottanera, Castiglione di Sicilia

Yield:

7,500 kg/ha

Aging:

In stainless steel for about 5 months

Alcohol content:

13.5%

Age of vines:

15 years

pH level:

3.5

Acidity:

5.1 g/l

Production:

120,000 bottles

Soil:

Lava-alluvial and lava clay

Training:

Espalier

Average altitude:

720 meters (2,362 feet) a.s.l.

Vinification:

Destemming and temperature-controlled maceration on the skins for 20-25 days. Temperature-controlled (26°C/79°F) fermentation in stainless steel, with frequent pump-overs and pressing.

Harvest:

Last week of October - manual, with small crates

Recent press reviews

91

Cottanera Barbazzale Etna Rosso DOC 2018

James Suckling (91)- "An Etna red that's rich in primary fruit, this shows brambleberry pie, violet reduction and plum paste. Round and fruity on the medium-bodied palate with silky tannins. Drink now. "

92

Cottanera Barbazzale Etna Rosso DOC 2016

James Suckling (92)- "Aromas of dried berries, walnuts, dried herbs and spices. Full-bodied, integrated and very fine with ultra-fine tannins. Rich, tight and balanced. A blend of nerello mascalese and nerello cappuccio. "

93

Cottanera Barbazzale Etna Rosso DOC 2015

James Suckling (93)- "Rich, dense and layered with dark berries, bark and hints of black tea. Full-bodied, round and velvety. Lively acid backbone. All here. Drink now. "