Wine Details

Cottanera Contrada Zottorinoto Etna Rosso Riserva DOC

The Etna Rosso Riserva Zottorinoto is made from 100% Nerello Mascalese from the estate’s oldest (over 60 years) vines, located in the Zottorinoto Cru at incredible altitudes of over 2,500 feet. In this exceptional wine, the grapes express their deepest character with floral notes and Mediterranean herbs interwoven with red fruits (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries) and spicy vanilla and black tea. A velvety palate is balanced by the noble tannins. This is a wine for the most special of occasions.

Region:

Producer:

Cottanera

Varietal:

100% Nerello Mascalese

Vineyard:

Contrada Zottorinoto, Castiglione di Sicilia

Yield:

4,000 kg/ha

Aging:

24 months in Frenck oak barrels

Alcohol content:

14%

Age of vines:

60 years

pH level:

3.63

Acidity:

5 g/l

Production:

1978 bottles

Soil:

Lava-alluvial

Training:

Espalier-gobelet

Average altitude:

750-800 meters (2460-2624 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:

Last week of October - manual, with small crates

Bottling:

Aged 24 months in bottle

Recent press reviews

95

Contrada Zottorinoto Etna Rosso Riserva DOC 2015

Wine Advocate (95)- "Cottanera's 2015 Etna Rosso Riserva Zottorinoto offers a beautiful level of purity and sharpness, with plenty of the electric energy and tightness you should expect of a great wine from Etna. This vintage offers some extra ripeness with fruity tones that veer toward plum and black cherry. But those fruit tones are reigned back by the defined mineral backbone of the wine that cedes to campfire ash and scorched earth. The 2015 fruit is a bit looser and thicker altogether. This wine should come together beautifully with a few more years of bottle aging. Only 1,900 bottles were made."

95+

Contrada Zottorinoto Etna Rosso Riserva DOC 2014

Wine Advocate (95+)- "The 2014 Etna Rosso Riserva Zottorinoto is one of the stars in this exciting group of new releases from Etna. The wine is darkly saturated and powered by intense, territory-driven aromas. Wild cherry and cranberry emerge first with dark tones of crushed rock and camphor ash at the back. The mouthfeel is tight, elegant and very polished. This vintage shows a very tight and compact nature at its core that makes me think it will have a lot to offer as it continues its bottle evolution. Only 1,900 bottles were produced."

94

Contrada Zottorinoto Etna Rosso Riserva DOC 2014

James Suckling (94)- "What a nose with tulips, dried rose petals, burnt oranges, pomegranate, mandarins, cinnamon, tamarind and black pepper. So juicy and generous yet structured and serious, the beautiful red fruit driven along by well-poised acidity and sturdy tannins. Drink now or hold. "