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

Varietal:

100% Nerello Mascalese

Vineyard:

Contrada Diciassettesalme, Castiglione di Sicilia

Yield:

7,000 kg/ha

Aging:

8 months in large oak barrels

Alcohol content:

14.0%

Age of vines:

12 years

pH level:

3.75

Acidity:

5.1 g/l

Production:

15,000 bottles

Soil:

Lava-alluvial

Training:

Espalier

Average altitude:

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

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.

Harvest:

First ten days of October - manual, with small crates

Recent press reviews

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Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC 2020

James Suckling (92)- "Slightly reductive on the nose, but after a bit of air you are greeted with notes of crushed herbs, spiced plums and dried roses. Medium-bodied with underlying mineral character. Juicy and flavorful on the palate. Best after 2024."

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Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC 2020

Falstaff Magazine (92)- "Elegant, flinty pale ruby. A bit reductive on the nose at first, then cold smoke, almost bacon, reverberating with geranium. Dense and very juicy on the palate, also shows fine fruity-sweet components, seems nicely polished in the back, finishes with both juicy and salty."

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Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC 2019

Wine Advocate (92)- "The Cottanera 2019 Etna Rosso Diciassettesalme offers a lean and pure expression of Nerello Mascalese without too many extra bells or whistles. The wine finishes fermentation in oak and continues its evolution in large casks for eight months. There are dusty notes that frame cassis and sour cranberry. But both the fruity and the mineral sides of the wine are well-contained and measured. Diciassettesalme offers a highly drinkable and accessible side to Etna."