Wine Details

Cottanera Contrada Calderara Etna Bianco DOC

The Carricante grapes for the Etna Bianco Contrada Calderara come from 45 years old vineyards in the Calderara contrada, one of Etna’s most highly regarded Cru. The soil in this vineyard is a mixture of black pumice and basalt, the result of thousands of years of lava flows and volcanic deposits and enhances the typical minerality of the Carricante variety. Welcoming perfumes of lemon flowers, elderflower, chamomile, bergamot, sage and fresh oregano are intertwined with white peach and yellow plum. A saline vitality explodes on the palate, enhancing the wine’s supple body. This is undoubtedly a white wine destined for ageing.

Region:

Producer:

Cottanera

Varietal:

100% Carricante

Vineyard:

Contrada Calderara, Castiglione di Sicilia

Yield:

5,000 kg/ha

Aging:

40% in French oak tonneaux on lees, the remainder in cement tank

Alcohol content:

12.5%

Age of vines:

45 years

pH level:

3.36

Acidity:

5.9 g/l

Production:

5,600 bottles

Soil:

Lava-alluvial and lava clay

Training:

Espalier

Average altitude:

750 meters (2460 feet) a.s.l.

Vinification:

Cold maceration for about 24 hours, followed by cold setting; 40% of the must ferments in French oak tonneaux, the remainder in cement tank.

Harvest:

First week of October - manual, with small crates

Recent press reviews

91

Cottanera Contrada Calderara Etna Bianco DOC 2018

Wine Enthusiast (91)- "Aromas of Spanish broom, yellow peach and wet stone mingle with whiffs of hazelnut. Reflecting the nose, the elegant, vibrant palate offers apricot, Meyer lemon, toasted nut and saline mineral notes framed in bright acidity. "

93+

Cottanera Contrada Calderara Etna Bianco DOC 2017

Wine Advocate (93+)- "Elegant and fine, the 2017 Etna Bianco Contrada Calderara is a wine of extreme precision and balance. Like its peers, this expression of Carricante offers a rather neutral bouquet upon first "

92

Cottanera Contrada Calderara Etna Bianco DOC 2017

James Suckling (92)- "I love how the guava peel, citrus, herbs and kiwi fruit interact on the nose, creating a sense of purity and focus. Medium to full body, some finely tuned acidity and a medium, oily finish. Drink now."