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

94

Cottanera Contrada Calderara Etna Bianco DOC 2019

James Suckling (94)- "Impressively complex nose of stone fruit and citrus, plus a whole bouquet of flowers. Concentrated and very elegant palate with excellent textural complexity. Long, celery-salt finish. Drink or hold."

94

Cottanera Contrada Calderara Etna Bianco DOC 2018

Wine Advocate (94)- "The Cottanera 2018 Etna Bianco Contrada Calderara is hitting prime drinking right now with perfumed notes of peach and orange peel, backed by candied almond and creamy custard. The Carricante grape is not normally this plush, soft and aromatic, but the Calderara is a special and deeply attractive wine. Some 40% of the total is fermented in oak and the wine is partially aged on the lees. These steps serve to further flesh out the wine's texture and volume. I especially love those glossy notes of latex or natural rubber. The wine is idea for a baked, flaky white fish. The finish shows medium length, but the power of the bouquet makes up for it."

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. "