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Cottanera Contrada Zottorinoto Etna Rosso Riserva DOC

The Etna Rosso Riserva Zottorinoto is made from 100% Nerello Mascalese from the estate’s oldest (over 60 years) vines, located in the Zottorinoto Cru at incredible altitudes of over 2,500 feet. In this exceptional wine, the grapes express their deepest character with floral notes and Mediterranean herbs interwoven with red fruits (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries) and spicy vanilla and black tea. A velvety palate is balanced by the noble tannins. This is a wine for the most special of occasions.

Wine Advocate on 2015 vintage

Cottanera's 2015 Etna Rosso Riserva Zottorinoto offers a beautiful level of purity and sharpness, with plenty of the electric energy and tightness you should expect of a great wine from Etna. This vintage offers some extra ripeness with fruity tones that veer toward plum and black cherry. But those fruit tones are reigned back by the defined mineral backbone of the wine that cedes to campfire ash and scorched earth. The 2015 fruit is a bit looser and thicker altogether. This wine should come together beautifully with a few more years of bottle aging. Only 1,900 bottles were made.

Wine Advocate on 2014 vintage

The 2014 Etna Rosso Riserva Zottorinoto is one of the stars in this exciting group of new releases from Etna. The wine is darkly saturated and powered by intense, territory-driven aromas. Wild cherry and cranberry emerge first with dark tones of crushed rock and camphor ash at the back. The mouthfeel is tight, elegant and very polished. This vintage shows a very tight and compact nature at its core that makes me think it will have a lot to offer as it continues its bottle evolution. Only 1,900 bottles were produced.

Falstaff Magazine on 2014 vintage

Powerful, shining ruby with garnet. Opened with notes of ripe blackberries, some plums, followed by iodine and liquorice. Substantial and dense in approach and course, fine dark berry fruit, opens with present, dense tannin, in the finale of liquorice.

James Suckling on 2014 vintage

What a nose with tulips, dried rose petals, burnt oranges, pomegranate, mandarins, cinnamon, tamarind and black pepper. So juicy and generous yet structured and serious, the beautiful red fruit driven along by well-poised acidity and sturdy tannins. Drink now or hold.

Vinous Media on 2014 vintage

Moderately saturated ruby-red. Clean, flinty and characterized typically by darker fruit aromas and flavors than all of the other Cottanera red wines. Finishes with slow building but noble tannins and a multilayered quality. Zottorino evolves at a much slower pace than other Etna reds, so I'd suggest forgetting about this in your cellar for the next couple of years.

Wine Advocate on 2013 vintage

The 2013 Etna Rosso Riserva Zottorinoto is a stunning wine that possesses deep inner depth and a profound nature. The wine reveals itself slowly with a first wave of dried fruit and cassis that later yields to darkened spice and campfire ash. The wine's mineral backbone is prominent and sophisticated, as it should be given the mighty volcanic territory that shaped it. In the mouth, the wine shows a silky and fine texture that should take on more volume and mass as the wine continues its aging evolution.

James Suckling on 2013 vintage

Lots of ripe-strawberry, smoke and meat character on the nose and palate. Medium body, round and chewy. Delicious finish. Aging nicely. Pure nerello mascalese. Drink or hold.

Vinous Media on 2013 vintage

Good full ruby. Intense red cherry and flinty minerals on the perfumed nose. Bright dense and juicy, with lively flavors of red berries and sweet spices complicated by aromatic herbs. Youthful, chewy tannins and harmonious acidity extend the flavors on the bright, suave finish. Deeper and richer than the Fuedo di Mezzo, though it’s easy to recognize a family resemblance. Made from 75 year old Nerello Mascalese vines; aged 24 months in 15 hL oak barrels. The soil here is very sandy volcanic ash (it blows all over the place when you drive into the vineyards, so if your car windows are down, remember to keep your mouth shut, or I guarantee you’ll really get to taste terroir). The 2013 vintage was a cool one on Etna, but the Nerello Mascalese grapes used to make this wine must have ripened fully and well.

Wine Advocate on 2012 vintage

Cottanera is showing an ever-increasing learning curve, and I think this is very evident in this Riserva. This is the second edition of a limited-edition (only 1,982 bottles were produced), single-vineyard, top-shelf wine. The 2012 Etna Rosso Riserva Zottorinoto puts Cottanera's winemaking moxie to the test. The results show depth, volume and power, with bold aromatic trimmings of blackberry, crème de cassis, balsam herb and dried mint. But the real personality of the bouquet is driven by those distinctive mineral notes of ash and brimstone. In the mouth, the wine is alive and succulent. This is an excellent, cellar-worthy red wine from Etna.

Vinous Media on 2012 vintage

Dark ruby-red with a pale rim. Deep red. Intensely perfumed nose of spicy black cherry, coffee and floral elements. Pliant blackberry and cherry flavors have a plush quality and a restrained sweetness, not to mention outstanding concentration. Is there a trace of alcoholic warmth here? Picks up notes of violet and lavender with aeration and closes with slow-building, silky tannins and noteworthy length.

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