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

Classification:

Etna Rosato DOC

Variety:

100% Nerello Mascalese

Number of bottles produced:

6,000 bottles

Production area:

Contrada Diciassettesalme, Castiglione di Sicilia

Altitude:

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

Age of vines:

10 years

Yield:

7,000 kg/ha

Training:

Espalier

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.

Refining:

In stainless steel on lees

Alcohol content:

13.0%

pH level:

3.15

Acidity:

6.5 g/l

Soil:

Lava-clay

Harvest:

First ten days of September - manual, with small crates

Recent press reviews

92

Cottanera Etna Rosato DOC (Rosé) 2022

James Suckling (92)- "A pale and perfumed rosé with notes of cherry blossom, peaches, rose hips and strawberries. Medium-bodied, creamy and delicate yet with plenty of flavor and a dry and delicious finish. Nerello Mascalese."

92

Cottanera Etna Rosato DOC (Rosé) 2022

Wine Advocate (92)- "The Cottanera 2022 Etna Rosato is beautiful in the glass, with pink, gold and copper highlights. The wine's color is achieved with just three or four hours of skin contact and finishes in steel. Fruit for this wine comes from a vineyard site that is specifically farmed to make rosé. The bouquet leans toward floral aromas at the front and fruity aromas at the back. It shows balance and precision with a mineral-driven finish. Proprietor Francesco Cambria tells me that 2022 was a hot and dry year and that 2021 was more balanced overall. This is one of my favorite Italian rosés, especially at this price point."

92

Cottanera Etna Rosato DOC (Rosé) 2021

Falstaff Magazine (92)- "Bright shiny pink. A hint of flint, orange zest and pink grapefruit on the nose. Elegant on the palate, with a juicy, racy train, pleasant freshness and a long finish."