Feudo di Mezzo is the largest contrada of the Etna DOC. Here the Nerello Mascalese exhibits an austere, dusky character with autumnal tones and a floral bouquet enhances by spice and red fruits. The palate is structured with rich tannins, destined for longevity.
The Cottanera 2017 Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo draws its fruit from one of the grand cru sites of Etna, if you care to classify the appellation vineyards in that manner. From a hot vintage, this wine shows depth and concentration that gives the wine weight and a heavy center of gravity. That makes all the difference in terms of mouthfeel. This wine finishes fermentation in oak and ages in French oak casks for up to 16 months, and the wine's volume and texture have been considerably enhanced as a result. The quality of fruit is solid, and the wine shows pretty acidity thanks to vineyard sites located at a cool 750 meters in elevation.
This vintage was already rated, but I've come back to check on the wine's progress. The 2016 Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo is holding steady and firm, still showing youthful brightness. The bouquet reveals a delicate embroidery of dried cassis, cherry, smoke and campfire ash. A volcanic heart and soul distinguish this wine. The tannins are nicely tucked into the silky fiber of this age-worthy Nerello Mascalese.
This is a beautiful wine that is very representative of what a red wine from Etna should look and taste like. This classic rendition, the 2016 Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo, shows medium-thick fiber and impressive depth. This is a direct and incisive wine that hits the palate with lovely intensity and sharply defined angles. Compared to Cottanera's Etna Rosso Diciassettesalme, this wine is taller, broader and speaks in a louder voice. I tasted the open bottle again the next morning, and the wine was even softer, more fleshed out and delicious. About 8,000 bottles were produced.
This wine represents a pure expression of Nerello Mascalese from one of the most celebrated crus on the volcano. The 2015 Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo delivers deep footsteps and a heavier gait compared to past vintages. The wine is saturated and thick, on the Etna standard (that tends to produce powerful mid-weight wines). There is a lot of fruit intensity here with a plump, slightly sweet disposition. Some 8,000 bottles were made.
Here's a very interesting new wine from the Cambria family of Cottanera. The 2014 Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo is a single-vineyard effort from one of the most celebrated cru sites on this northern side of the volcano. Feudo di Mezzo sees soils that have been broken down and eroded from ancient lava flows and is therefore fine and almost sandy in nature. This helps to establish elegance and finesse in the wine. The bouquet opens to wild blueberry and white cherry aromas with light dustings of ash and spice at the back
Bright red. Flinty red berries and botanical herbs on the nose. Slightly riper red berries in the mouth, at once elegant but also currently very tannic. Turns very floral on the long finish. This will age well. Strikes me as one of the more precise, refined versions of this wine by Cottanera. From 25 year old vines, this 100% Nerello Mascalse is aged in 20 hL oak barrels for 15 months.