Wine Details

Cottanera Contrada Feudo di Mezzo Etna Rosso DOC

Feudo di Mezzo is the largest contrada of the Etna DOC. Here the Nerello Mascalese exhibits an austere, dusky character with autumnal tones and a floral bouquet enhances by spice and red fruits. The palate is structured with rich tannins, destined for longevity.

Region:

Producer:

Cottanera

Varietal:

100% Nerello Mascalese

Vineyard:

Contrada Feudo di Mezzo, Castiglione di Sicilia

Yield:

6,000 kg/ha

Aging:

14-16 months in French oak casks

Alcohol content:

13.5%

Age of vines:

25-30 years

pH level:

3.77

Acidity:

5.1 g/l

Production:

7,000 bottles

Soil:

Lava

Training:

Espalier

Average altitude:

750-770 meters (2460-2526 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 casks.

Harvest:

10-20 days into October - manual, with small crates

Bottling:

Aged 18 months in bottle

Recent press reviews

94

Cottanera Contrada Feudo di Mezzo Etna Rosso DOC 2016

Wine Advocate (94)- "This is a beautiful wine that is very representative of what a red wine from Etna should look and taste like. This classic rendition, the 2016 Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo, shows medium-thick fiber and impressive depth. This is a direct and incisive wine that hits the palate with lovely intensity and sharply defined angles. Compared to Cottanera's Etna Rosso Diciassettesalme, this wine is taller, broader and speaks in a louder voice. I tasted the open bottle again the next morning, and the wine was even softer, more fleshed out and delicious. About 8,000 bottles were produced."

93

Cottanera Contrada Feudo di Mezzo Etna Rosso DOC 2015

Wine Advocate (93)- "This wine represents a pure expression of Nerello Mascalese from one of the most celebrated crus on the volcano. The 2015 Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo delivers deep footsteps and a heavier gait compared to past vintages. The wine is saturated and thick, on the Etna standard (that tends to produce powerful mid-weight wines). There is a lot of fruit intensity here with a plump, slightly sweet disposition. Some 8,000 bottles were made."

92

Cottanera Contrada Feudo di Mezzo Etna Rosso DOC 2015

James Suckling (92)- "Boysenberries, forest floor, red apples and pink grapefruit. Medium to full body, serious, polished tannins and a chewy finish. Structured finesse in a bottle. Drink now."