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

89

Cottanera Barbazzale Etna Rosso DOC 2019

Vinous Media (89)- "The 2019 Etna Rosso Barbazzale keeps you coming back to the glass with a woodland-inspired display of wild berries, lavender, wet stone and undergrowth. It’s soft-textured and fleshy in feel, maintaining balance through a pure display of fresh strawberries laced with sweet spice and florals. Round tannins frame the expression nicely as the Barbazzale tapers off to a dusting of violet candies. This blend of 90% Nerello Mascalese and 10% Nerello Cappuccio is easy to like, showing quite well today, and it is a fantastic bargain."

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. "