Wine Details

Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC

The Nerello Mascalese grapes for the Etna Rosso Diciassettesalme come from the contrada of the same name. “Diciasettesalme” indicates the 25-hectare Cru, which corresponds to 17 (diciasette in Italian) Salme, an antique Sicialian unit of measurement. The lava-clay soil in the vineyard yields a wine with strength, dense tannins and an intense ruby red color. On the nose, mixed berry perfumes turn softly into herbal notes, such as mauve, thyme and juniper, interlaced with the mineral sensations typical of the variety and vineyards. Perfectly balanced tannins finish with a balsamic note.

Region:

Producer:

Cottanera

Classification:

Etna Rosso DOC

Variety:

100% Nerello Mascalese

Number of bottles produced:

15,000 bottles

Production area:

Contrada Diciassettesalme, Castiglione di Sicilia

Altitude:

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

Age of vines:

12 years

Yield:

7,000 kg/ha

Training:

Espalier

Vinification:

Gentle destemming and temperature-controlled (28°C /82°F) maceration on the skins for about 30 days. Temperature-controlled fermentation (26-28°C/78-82°F), with constant pump-overs and pressing. Malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels.

Refining:

8 months in large oak barrels

Alcohol content:

14.0%

pH level:

3.75

Acidity:

5.1 g/l

Soil:

Lava-alluvial

Harvest:

First ten days of October - manual, with small crates

Recent press reviews

93

Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC 2021

Wine Advocate (93)- "The 2021 Etna Rosso Diciassettesalme shows dusty minerals and dried fruit aromas. This wine generally has more muscle and dark fruit compared to the Zottorinoto, which tends to be floral and more delicate in character. Diciassettesalme is fresh and linear, delivering all the basics of Nerello Mascalese from this mighty Sicilian volcano. The vineyard is located just under the Cottanera winery at 780 meters in elevation and planted on light or gray lava rock. The soils are unique to this site. The wine spends 28 to 30 days on the skins followed by 10 months in oak."

92

Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC 2021

James Suckling (92)- "A savory and vibrant red with notes of tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes, raspberries and cherry stones. Tight and firm, with a medium body and tight tannins. Excellent focus. Nerello mascalese. Drink or hold."

91

Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC 2021

Falstaff Magazine (91)- "Brilliant ruby red. On the nose there are primary notes of mustard seeds, dried rose petals, raspberries, ripe cherries and subtle resinous tones. Hearty on the palate with tightly woven tannins, punchy, stoney, finishing with polished red fruit."