Wine Details

Cottanera Etna Rosato DOC (Rosé)

The Etna Rosato is 100% Nerello Mascalese, from vineyards in the Diciasettesalme contrada, positioned just north of the volcano, with a mix of volcanic and alluvial soils. This highly-esteemed variety takes its name from the Mascali plain between Mt. Etna and the coast where it is thought to have originated. The variable volcanic soils of Etna combined with high vineyard elevations (some of the highest in Europe) help produce wines with immense character and complexity, and without the excessive weight that sometimes characterize Sicilian red wines from lower altitudes. The Rosato bursts with floral notes of iris, wisteria and rose, paired with the freshness of aromatic herbs. This is a rich, complex, flavorful wine that embodies the typical characteristics of the volcanic soil from which it comes.

Region:

Producer:

Cottanera

Varietal:

100% Nerello Mascalese

Vineyard:

Contrada Diciassettesalme, Castiglione di Sicilia

Yield:

7,000 kg/ha

Aging:

In stainless steel on lees

Alcohol content:

13.0%

Age of vines:

10 years

pH level:

3.15

Acidity:

6.5 g/l

Production:

6,000 bottles

Soil:

Lava-clay

Training:

Espalier

Average altitude:

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

Vinification:

Temperature-controlled (<4°C/39°F) cryo-maceration for 4/5 hours in press to achieve perfect color extraction. Cold maceration and setting. Temperature-controlled (17°C/62°F) fermentation for about 20 days.

Harvest:

First ten days of September - manual, with small crates

Recent press reviews

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Cottanera Etna Rosato DOC (Rosé) 2020

Vinous Media (90)- "The 2020 Etna Rosato is incredibly pretty with its bouquet of dusty dried flowers, peaches and white smoke. Its silky textures give way to a more tactile and almost crunchy display of pit fruits and minerals, yet it’s all under an air of honeyed florals. There’s a lovely salinity that lingers long, while residual acids keep the mouth watering for more."

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Cottanera Etna Rosato DOC (Rosé) 2019

International Wine Review (92)- "Light pink with an apricot tinge. Vibrant scents of peach flowers, yellow raspberry, and mandarin zest with a mineral edge. This superbly balanced, medium weight rosé is crisp and incisive on the attack with tangerine citrus, pomegranate and a hint of apricot, finishing with a complex and persistent aftertaste. 100% Nerello Mascalese."

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Cottanera Etna Rosato DOC (Rosé) 2018

Wine Advocate (92)- "I remember when the Cambria family of Cottanera first introduced this wine a few years back. They knew exactly what they wanted, and they have stuck to that goal with consistency. The 2018 Etna Rosato opens to a pale pink color and offers bright perfumes of almond blossom, sweet nectarine and wild cherry. The wine's color intensity is beautiful, with pale pink luminosity that shines with copper and gold. Served well chilled on a scorching summer day, it would be a great match to shrimp and seafood couscous. This is a terrific Rosato from Southern Italy—and a great value to boot. Some 17,500 bottles were made."