Wine Details

Cottanera Etna Bianco DOC

A pure expression of Mt. Etna, the Etna Bianco is 100% Caricante, an ancient Sicilian white grape variety, thought to have been growing on the volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna for at least a thousand years. Planted at high altitudes on the steep slopes of Mt. Etna, the grapes ripen slowly and steadily throughout the long growing season. On the nose, the Etna Bianco is bursting with citrus notes of lemon and cedar with orange blossom and jasmine. A full-bodied palate is supported by the marked acidity typical of this variety, imparting freshness and a long finish.

Region:

Producer:

Cottanera

Varietal:

100% Carricante

Vineyard:

Contrada Cottanera e Diciassettesalme, Castiglione di Sicilia

Yield:

6,500 kg/ha

Aging:

Stainless steel on lees for about 6 months, followed by bottle aging

Alcohol content:

12.5%

Age of vines:

15-20 years

pH level:

3.38

Acidity:

5.5 g/l

Production:

30,000 bottles

Soil:

Lava-alluvial and lava clay

Training:

Espalier

Average altitude:

720-750 meters (2362-2460 feet) a.s.l.

Vinification:

Cold maceration for about 24 hours, followed by cold setting. Temperature-controlled (16°C /61°F) fermentation in stainless steel, for 20-25 days.

Harvest:

Last week of September - manual, with small crates

Recent press reviews

90

Cottanera Etna Bianco DOC 2019

Wine & Spirits (90)- "Scents of apple blossoms lead into flavors of crisp apple, lime and Asian pear in this bright, saline wine; hints of white pepper emerge on the clean, mineral finish."

93

Cottanera Etna Bianco DOC 2018

International Wine Review (93)- "Medium yellow straw with an olive tinge. Shows a complex nose of cherimoya, lemon pith and fresh herbs that are picked up and amplified with subtle citrus notes on a lanolin like, slippery textured palate. Finishes with excellent persistence and lingering rich lemon/mineral extract. Made of 100% Carricante from estate vineyards at 750m elevation, fermented in stainless steel and aged sur lie for 6 months."

92

Cottanera Etna Bianco DOC 2018

James Suckling (92)- "Newly trimmed grass springs out from the glass here, joining lemons, limes and Granny Smith apples. Medium to full body, pure acid crunch and a bright finish. Delightful transparency. Drink now."