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

91

Cottanera Etna Bianco DOC 2020

James Suckling (91)- "This vivid and refreshing wine is an excellent introduction to the dry whites from Etna, with a wide spectrum of fruit aromas, from red apple to white peach via a slew of citrus. Sleek and polished, medium-bodied palate with lovely mineral freshness at the finish. Drink now."

90

Cottanera Etna Bianco DOC 2020

Falstaff Magazine (90)- "Pale shimmering silver yellow. Pronounced aromas of lemon balm, freshly cut grass, tomato leaves in the background, a hint of fumé. Takes itself up with tension, very juicy in the drink, persistent with a fine arc of tension, ends minerally and on meadow hay."

92

Cottanera Etna Bianco DOC 2019

Wine Advocate (92)- "The 2019 Etna Bianco is a terrific and fundamentally food-friendly and immediate white made with Sicily's excellent Carricante grape. This is the estate's entry-level white, ready for an easy salad topped with grilled chicken or grilled shrimp, but don't be fooled by that accessible price tag. This bottle packs enormous charm and complexity with citrus, pomelo, white peach and generous mineral notes that add salty sensations to the finish."