Wine Details

Cottanera Barbazzale Bianco Sicilia DOC

The Barbazzale Bianco is composed of predominantly Catarratto, the most typical, and widely planted, white grape variety in Sicily. As is characteristic of Catarratto wines, Barbazzale Bianco exhibits a pleasant freshness with delicate floral perfumes of wisteria and Scotch broom on a saline backdrop. Barbazzale is the name of the “contrada,” or wine district, in which the grapes are planted in the volcanic soil of Mt. Etna, lending a remarkable minerality to the wine.

Region:

Producer:

Cottanera

Varietal:

95% CATARATTO 5% VIGNONER

Vineyard:

Contrada Cottanera, Castiglione di Sicilia

Yield:

9,000 kg/ha

Aging:

Stainless steel on lees for 3 months

Alcohol content:

13.0%

Age of vines:

15 years

pH level:

3.4

Acidity:

5.2 g/l

Production:

60,000 bottles

Soil:

Lava-alluvial

Training:

Espalier

Average altitude:

720 meters (2,362 feet) a.s.l.

Vinification:

Cold soak and static setting. Temperature controlled fermentation at 16°C (60°F), for 20 days

Harvest:

First ten days of September - manual, with small crates

Recent press reviews

91

Cottanera Barbazzale Bianco Sicilia DOC 2019

International Wine Review (91)- "Medium yellow straw. Shows notes of ripe lemon, lemon shavings, and lemon curd on the nose. Broad with good depth and lingering rich flavors that mirror the nose with good balancing acidity and a viscous persistence at the back of the palate. Predominantly made of Catarratto from the Barbazzale contrada with a dash of Viogner."

92

Cottanera Barbazzale Bianco Sicilia DOC 2018

James Suckling (92)- "This shows a wealth of apricots, loquat, fresh herbs and chamomile. Medium to full body, loads of herbal and floral flavors and an oily, tangy finish. Drink now. "

92

Cottanera Barbazzale Bianco Sicilia DOC 2014

James Suckling (92)- "A complex white with lemon, cooked apple and light cream aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, flavorful and delicious. A beautiful blend of viognier and catarratto. Drink now."