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Cottanera Barbazzale Etna Rosso DOC

The Barbazzale Etna Rosso is based predominantly on the indigenous Sicilian grape Nerello Mascalese, a dark-skinned variety that grows most commonly on the volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna. This highly regarded variety tends to produce wines that reflect their surroundings, resulting in firm, fresh reds with fruity, herbaceous flavors, excellent minerality and an earthy nuance and an elegance and finesse often compared to that of Pinot Noir. Nerello Cappuccio completes the Etna Rosso blend (as is typical of Etna Rosso DOC wines) lending color and perfume, as well as softening out some of Nerello Mascalese's harder edges. On the nose, the wine entices with aromas of raspberries, blackberries and wildflowers entwined with a touch of minerality. The palate is fresh and aromatic, balanced by good tannins.


James Suckling on 2020 vintage

Some nice red-fruit character, but there's a rather simple feel to this. Medium body, lightly firm tannins and a clean finish. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2019 vintage

The 2019 Etna Rosso Barbazzale keeps you coming back to the glass with a woodland-inspired display of wild berries, lavender, wet stone and undergrowth. It’s soft-textured and fleshy in feel, maintaining balance through a pure display of fresh strawberries laced with sweet spice and florals. Round tannins frame the expression nicely as the Barbazzale tapers off to a dusting of violet candies. This blend of 90% Nerello Mascalese and 10% Nerello Cappuccio is easy to like, showing quite well today, and it is a fantastic bargain.


James Suckling on 2018 vintage

An Etna red that's rich in primary fruit, this shows brambleberry pie, violet reduction and plum paste. Round and fruity on the medium-bodied palate with silky tannins. Drink now.


James Suckling on 2016 vintage

Aromas of dried berries, walnuts, dried herbs and spices. Full-bodied, integrated and very fine with ultra-fine tannins. Rich, tight and balanced. A blend of nerello mascalese and nerello cappuccio.


James Suckling on 2015 vintage

Rich, dense and layered with dark berries, bark and hints of black tea. Full-bodied, round and velvety. Lively acid backbone. All here. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2014 vintage

Healthy ruby-red. Red plum, licorice and an herbal nuance on the nose. Bright and crisp in the mouth, showing sneaky intensity to the red berry and mineral flavors. Harmonious acidity extends the flavors at the back. Made in the usually bright style of Barbazzale Rosso, this wine finishes with fine-grained tannins and subtle persistence if not mind-boggling complexity. An easygoing everyday table wine with considerable early appeal.


Vinous Media on 2007 vintage

The 2007 Etna Rosso is a gorgeous wine that captures the magic of the Etna. Layers of sweet dark cherries, licorice, menthol and leather flow gracefully from this elegant, beautifully delineated red. There is a clarity and purity to the fruit that is quite striking. Hints of tar and smoke add the final layers of complexity on the finish.


 

Cottanera Contrada Calderara Etna Bianco DOC

The Carricante grapes for the Etna Bianco Contrada Calderara come from 45 years old vineyards in the Calderara contrada, one of Etna’s most highly regarded Cru. The soil in this vineyard is a mixture of black pumice and basalt, the result of thousands of years of lava flows and volcanic deposits and enhances the typical minerality of the Carricante variety. Welcoming perfumes of lemon flowers, elderflower, chamomile, bergamot, sage and fresh oregano are intertwined with white peach and yellow plum. A saline vitality explodes on the palate, enhancing the wine’s supple body. This is undoubtedly a white wine destined for ageing.


James Suckling on 2019 vintage

Impressively complex nose of stone fruit and citrus, plus a whole bouquet of flowers. Concentrated and very elegant palate with excellent textural complexity. Long, celery-salt finish. Drink or hold.


Wine Advocate on 2018 vintage

The Cottanera 2018 Etna Bianco Contrada Calderara is hitting prime drinking right now with perfumed notes of peach and orange peel, backed by candied almond and creamy custard. The Carricante grape is not normally this plush, soft and aromatic, but the Calderara is a special and deeply attractive wine. Some 40% of the total is fermented in oak and the wine is partially aged on the lees. These steps serve to further flesh out the wine's texture and volume. I especially love those glossy notes of latex or natural rubber. The wine is idea for a baked, flaky white fish. The finish shows medium length, but the power of the bouquet makes up for it.


Wine Enthusiast on 2018 vintage

Aromas of Spanish broom, yellow peach and wet stone mingle with whiffs of hazelnut. Reflecting the nose, the elegant, vibrant palate offers apricot, Meyer lemon, toasted nut and saline mineral notes framed in bright acidity.


Wine Advocate on 2017 vintage

Elegant and fine, the 2017 Etna Bianco Contrada Calderara is a wine of extreme precision and balance. Like its peers, this expression of Carricante offers a rather neutral bouquet upon first


James Suckling on 2017 vintage

I love how the guava peel, citrus, herbs and kiwi fruit interact on the nose, creating a sense of purity and focus. Medium to full body, some finely tuned acidity and a medium, oily finish. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2017 vintage

Pale straw yellow. Aromas and flavors of field herbs, white flowers, nectarine and balsamic oils. Rich and dense on entry, but lifted thanks to harmonious lively acidity. This finishes long and saline. Still an infant, give this another couple of years in the cellar to let it develop fully.


Vinous Media on 2016 vintage

Vivid straw with golden highlights. Very lemony fresh aromas of apple and pear, lifted by white flowers. Then juicy, deep and quite serious with a very strong lemon and mieral presence, offering lingering white peach nuances on the back end. This will likely develop slowly and blossom in about two years from now. Best white from Cottanera I have ever tried.


Wine Advocate on 2016 vintage

The single-vineyard 2016 Etna Bianco Contrada Calderara is indeed characterized by a more robust and structured flavor profile. The bouquet offers stone fruit, pineapple and Golden Delicious apple. This white wine also offers a broad and lasting sense of texture and volume. The vines are 40 years old and more, and the wine is partially oak fermented. Some 5,600 bottles were produced.


James Suckling on 2015 vintage

The nose of this Etna white is very intense with papaya, pink grapefruit and guava peel. The palate shows impressive concentration, supporting tons of pithy citrus and stone fruit within a fine sheen of acid. Quite long on the finish. Pure carricante. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2015 vintage

Pale yellow. Reticent nose hints at bright stone fruit and minerals. Precise, tight and dense, without any undue weight, this shows outstanding inner-mouth tension, fine-grained texture and strong salinity. A beautifully balanced, energetic wine with a very long, focused finish. Made with 100% Carricante; the 40-45 year old vines grow in the Calderara vineyard near Feudo di Mezzo that has a volcanic, sand and gravel-rich soil. This is aged in 15 hL barrels, while the 2014 was aged in tonneaux; winemaker Lorenzo Landi told me he believes this wine requires a bit more oxygenation to showcase all it’s got to offer and that’s the reason he opted to use large oak barrels as an aging vessel.


Wine Advocate on 2015 vintage

The 2015 Etna Bianco Contrada Calderara is a pristine and mineral-driven wine that really underlines why I have such high hope for this diminutive wine region at the heart of the Mediterranean. This wine manages to feel weightless and buoyant, but it sticks to the palate with crispness and persistence at the same time. This single-vineyard expression of partially oak-aged Carricante delivers pedigree and accessibility. The finish is laced with marine salt, ash and elegant touches of flint


Wine Advocate on 2014 vintage

A pure expression of Carricante, the 2014 Etna Bianco Contrada Calderara is partially fermented in oak (40% of the mass). The rest is fermented in cement vats. Part of the wine ages on the lees in oak barrel. This sophisticated approach adds lots of inner depth and dimension to this versatile white grape that produces such a beautiful results in volcanic soils. The wine is balanced and bright, with a long succession of stone fruit, cantaloupe melon and chopped almond aromas. This Etna Bianco is very well balanced and is a delight to drink. Pretty mineral tones add focus and sharpness to the finish. Only 5,600 bottles were produced.


Vinous Media on 2014 vintage

Bright straw. Minty aromas of grapefruit, minerals and ginger are complicated by a note of white pepper. Brisk and stony on entry, then austere and linear in the middle but with terrific lift to the intense grapefruit, white stones fruit and crushed rock flavors. Finishes tactile, but with just the slightest hint of a green streak, which keeps my score lower than it might have been. If it resolves over time, then my score will look ungenerous. From 40-year-old Carricante vines, this is partially barrel-fermented and spends 12 months on the lees.


 

Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC

The Nerello Mascalese grapes for the Etna Rosso Diciassettesalme come from the contrada of the same name. “Diciasettesalme” indicates the 25-hectare Cru, which corresponds to 17 (diciasette in Italian) Salme, an antique Sicialian unit of measurement. The lava-clay soil in the vineyard yields a wine with strength, dense tannins and an intense ruby red color. On the nose, mixed berry perfumes turn softly into herbal notes, such as mauve, thyme and juniper, interlaced with the mineral sensations typical of the variety and vineyards. Perfectly balanced tannins finish with a balsamic note.


Wine Advocate on 2019 vintage

The Cottanera 2019 Etna Rosso Diciassettesalme offers a lean and pure expression of Nerello Mascalese without too many extra bells or whistles. The wine finishes fermentation in oak and continues its evolution in large casks for eight months. There are dusty notes that frame cassis and sour cranberry. But both the fruity and the mineral sides of the wine are well-contained and measured. Diciassettesalme offers a highly drinkable and accessible side to Etna.


Falstaff Magazine on 2019 vintage

Bright, radiant ruby ​​red. On the nose of rich red berries, a hint of flint, delicate toast, then ripe cherries in the aftertaste. On the palate clear and radiant, with the tightest, salty tannin, spans a wide range, with emphasis and the most delicate consumption.


James Suckling on 2019 vintage

Still very young, this Etna red has attractive, bright red-berry, wild-herb and candied-orange aromas. The palate has a level of creaminess that's unusual for this appellation, but behind that is a solid tannin structure that powers the moderately dry, mineral finish. Drink or hold.


International Wine Review on 2018 vintage

Medium ruby red. Intriguing scents of red raspberry, cherry and hints of wet earth on the nose. The palate is refined with excellent freshness and purity, mirroring the bouquet with additional notes of spices and tobacco leaf. Finishes long and precise with mineral nuances. Sourced from a 700 m high vineyard in the Diciassettesalme contrada. Matured 8 months in large oak casks.


Falstaff Magazine on 2018 vintage

Clear, medium dense garnet red. Opens with pronounced metallic notes, then beetroot with strawberry in the background. On the palate, crisp acidity, dense tannins, nicely layered fruit, salty and firm drive.


Wine Enthusiast on 2018 vintage

Aromas of underbrush, Mediterranean herb, eucalyptus and red berry waft out of the glass. The bright medium-bodied palate features juicy morello cherry, raspberry, baking spice and a hint of hazelnut alongside fine-grained tannins.


Wine Advocate on 2017 vintage

Cottanera's 2017 Etna Rosso Diciassettesalme, with fruit from a contrade in Castiglione di Sicilia, is a svelte and polished expression of Nerello Mascalese that shows classy elegance and balanced intensity. This mid-weight wine exhibits a bright, almost glossy texture with delicate aromas of wild rose, bitter almond, mountain herb and crushed granite stone. Don't underestimate those tannins. Although you don't initially notice them, you are made clearly aware of how long and steady this wine remains on the finish thanks to that inner structure. Diciassettesalme has made leaps and bounds forward in quality and cellar-worthiness over these past few years. About 17,500 bottles were produced.


James Suckling on 2017 vintage

There’s a touch of reduction at first, but this soon opens to reveal wild strawberries, citrus and red peppers. Medium body, firm tannins and a tangy, mineral finish. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2017 vintage

Deep red-ruby. Delicate floral red cherry and mineral aromas on the nose. Tight and sappy in the mouth, with firm acids giving shape to the ripe flavors of berries, sweet spices, and mocha. Conveys an impression of extract but finishes with polished tannins and outstanding freshness and length.


Decanter on 2017 vintage

this is a single-vineyard red from relatively young vines. The nose is intense and direct, with raspberry aromas. Medium-bodied, it has grip and concentration, taut acidity and brooding sour-cherry fruit.


Wine Enthusiast on 2016 vintage

Aromas of ripe dark-skinned berry, exotic spice, espresso and a whiff of Mediterranean brush lift out of the glass. Reflecting the nose, the tense, linear palate offers Marasca cherry, licorice, clove, wild herb and coffee bean alongside taut, close-grained tannins that give the finish grip.


James Suckling on 2016 vintage

A pure nerello mascalese with firm and silky tannins, dark chocolate and spice. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy and delicious finish. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2016 vintage

Deep red. Flint and chewy, red licorice complement small red/dark berries on the nose and in the mouth. Ripe and easygoing, this lacks the complexity of Cottanera’s best wines, but makes an excellent easy-going Etna Rosso.


Wine Enthusiast on 2015 vintage

Aromas of forest, scorched earth, dark spice and a tosted note lift from the glass. The aromas follow through to the palate along with dried morello cherry, grilled sage anda hint of coconut while close-grained tannins provide support.


Wine Enthusiast on 2014 vintage

Aromas of dark berries and black spices lead the nose on this polished red. The concentrated but refined palate delivers crushed raspberries, licorice and mineral notes framed in velvety tannins. Drink 2017-2024.


 

Cottanera Contrada Feudo di Mezzo Etna Rosso DOC

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.


Wine Advocate on 2017 vintage

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.


Falstaff Magazine on 2017 vintage

Elegant, bright ruby ​​red. Delicate, red berry nose, with a hint of sea salt, cold smoke, iron aftertaste and light earthy notes. Dense and firm on the palate, shows powerful, tight tannins, hearty, extends over the tongue for a long time, earthy finish.


Wine Advocate on 2016 vintage

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.


Wine Advocate on 2016 vintage

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.


Falstaff Magazine on 2016 vintage

Powerful, shining ruby garnet. Opened with earthy-metallic notes, with ripe plums and some wild raspberries. Substantial and powerful on the palate, lots of gripping, hearty tannins, pronounced earthy notes in the finale.


Wine Advocate on 2015 vintage

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.


Falstaff Magazine on 2015 vintage

Opened with pronounced flint and iodine notes, then dark blackberry. Substantial, gripping tannin, many layers, salty, long finish.


James Suckling on 2015 vintage

Boysenberries, forest floor, red apples and pink grapefruit. Medium to full body, serious, polished tannins and a chewy finish. Structured finesse in a bottle. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2015 vintage

Bright red. Luscious, open-knit aromas and flavors of creamy red cherry, vanilla and potpourri. Round, rich and ripe on the palate, finishing long with a healthy dollop of spices and noteworthy youthfully chewy and spicy tannins.


James Suckling on 2014 vintage

Aromas of watermelon, plums and flowers follow through to a medium body with a solid core of fruit and a smoky and fruity finish. Delicious. Pure nerello mascalese. Drink now.


Wine Advocate on 2014 vintage

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


Vinous Media on 2014 vintage

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.


 

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 2016 vintage

An impressive wine from the Cambria family of Cottanera. From a classic and balanced vintage, the 2016 Etna Rosso Riserva Zottorinoto is redolent of dark fruit and blackcurrant. The primary fruit is beautifully intact, and the wine's natural acidity serves to play up the brightness and the freshness of those flavors. Purple and black fruit tones cede to spice, tar, smoke and grilled herb. This is a mid-weight red, but don't underestimate its power and complexity. There is a lot of Etna typicity packed into this elegant bottle. Again, this is an impressive Etna red.


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.


Wine Advocate on 2011 vintage

The flagship wine from Cottanera, the 2011 Etna Rosso Riserva Zottorinoto is a library sample generously given to me by the Cambria family to explore the aging potential of this Etna red and, more generally, wines made with Nerello Mascalese. This is the inaugural vintage, and I remember how much I loved Zottorinoto when I first tasted it. Boasting a dark ruby hue, the bouquet delivers dried cherry, blackberry, balsam herb and toasted rosemary. The finish is dry and the tannins dusty. There is a fully evolved component to the bouquet with resin and tarry smoke. I tasted bottle number 1,659 of 1,978 produced. This was a hot vintage, and the wine has dried out a bit, but it otherwise shows steady results that set it up for another five to 10 years of drinking.

 

Cottanera Etna Bianco DOC

A pure expression of Mt. Etna, the Etna Bianco is 100% Caricante, an ancient Sicilian white grape variety, thought to have been growing on the volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna for at least a thousand years. Planted at high altitudes on the steep slopes of Mt. Etna, the grapes ripen slowly and steadily throughout the long growing season. On the nose, the Etna Bianco is bursting with citrus notes of lemon and cedar with orange blossom and jasmine. A full-bodied palate is supported by the marked acidity typical of this variety, imparting freshness and a long finish.


James Suckling on 2020 vintage

This vivid and refreshing wine is an excellent introduction to the dry whites from Etna, with a wide spectrum of fruit aromas, from red apple to white peach via a slew of citrus. Sleek and polished, medium-bodied palate with lovely mineral freshness at the finish. Drink now.


Falstaff Magazine on 2020 vintage

Pale shimmering silver yellow. Pronounced aromas of lemon balm, freshly cut grass, tomato leaves in the background, a hint of fumé. Takes itself up with tension, very juicy in the drink, persistent with a fine arc of tension, ends minerally and on meadow hay.


Wine Advocate on 2019 vintage

The 2019 Etna Bianco is a terrific and fundamentally food-friendly and immediate white made with Sicily's excellent Carricante grape. This is the estate's entry-level white, ready for an easy salad topped with grilled chicken or grilled shrimp, but don't be fooled by that accessible price tag. This bottle packs enormous charm and complexity with citrus, pomelo, white peach and generous mineral notes that add salty sensations to the finish.


Vinous Media on 2019 vintage

The 2019 Etna Bianco is sweetly perfumed, presenting white flowers and ripe apple balanced by lime zest and crushed stone. Its silky textures envelop the palate with orchard fruits and cooling minerals, complemented by vibrant acids and taking on a richer sensation as notes of almond come forward toward the close. This tapers off floral and fresh, leaving a subtle twang of sour tropical citrus.


Wine & Spirits on 2019 vintage

Scents of apple blossoms lead into flavors of crisp apple, lime and Asian pear in this bright, saline wine; hints of white pepper emerge on the clean, mineral finish.


Falstaff Magazine on 2019 vintage

Inviting nose with subtle aromatic notes of jasmine flowers and peach. Round and very juicy in the base and course, also a lot of green peach, long finish.


International Wine Review on 2018 vintage

Medium yellow straw with an olive tinge. Shows a complex nose of cherimoya, lemon pith and fresh herbs that are picked up and amplified with subtle citrus notes on a lanolin like, slippery textured palate. Finishes with excellent persistence and lingering rich lemon/mineral extract. Made of 100% Carricante from estate vineyards at 750m elevation, fermented in stainless steel and aged sur lie for 6 months.


Wine Advocate on 2018 vintage

The Cambria family's passion and expertise are especially evident even in an entry-level white such as this. The 2018 Etna Bianco is a refreshingly fragrant and zesty wine with citrusy aromas of bergamot and lemon blossom followed by white peach. The wine is tonic, fresh and easy-drinking. Cottanera also makes a more structured, single-vineyard expression of Carricante from the Contrada Calderara, but I already reviewed the current 2016 vintage of that wine last year.


James Suckling on 2018 vintage

Newly trimmed grass springs out from the glass here, joining lemons, limes and Granny Smith apples. Medium to full body, pure acid crunch and a bright finish. Delightful transparency. Drink now.


Wine Advocate on 2018 vintage

The Cambria family's passion and expertise are especially evident even in an entry-level white such as this. The 2018 Etna Bianco (with 44,000 bottles made) is a refreshingly fragrant and zesty wine with citrusy aromas of bergamot and lemon blossom followed by white peach. The wine is tonic, fresh and easy-drinking. Cottanera also makes a more structured, single-vineyard expression of Carricante from the Contrada Calderara, but I already reviewed the current 2016 vintage of that wine last year.


Vinous Media on 2018 vintage

Crystalline pale yellow. Bergamot, cilantro, guava and white peach on the nose. Then rich and dense with an almost oily quality to the fresh citrus and herbal flavors. Finishes long and clean with zingy harmonious acidity and a rising note of peppery fresh ginger. This offers a curious combination of aromas and flavors typical of wines made with Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.


Decanter on 2018 vintage

Cottanera first produced a Carricante in 2009 and has slowly been replacing plantings of international reds with this indigenous white variety. Aged on the lees in stainless steel for six months, the wine boasts a heady nose of a dewy spring morning. Lemon verbena, fleshy stone fruit and pear emerge from the mouth-watering, juicy core and a mineral-like sensation kicks in on the finish.


Wine Advocate on 2017 vintage

The Cambria family has produced a very bright and vibrant expression of Carricante. The 2017 Etna Bianco shows bright floral intensity with sweet tropical fruit and apricot. The wine is a tad shorter and thinner in this hot vintage. Drink this Etna Bianco within the next 5 years.


Vinous Media on 2017 vintage

Luminous straw color. Ample and soft on the nose, with ripe aromas of citrus fruits and sweet resin. Then more vertical in the mouth, with notes of lime dominating on the pretty, very long and clean finish. A blend of Carricante grapes form the Calderar, Diciasettesalme and Cottanera contrade (beware that the back label states just the first two, but it's not so). A lovely Etna Bianco.


James Suckling on 2017 vintage

This shows some real precision and purity on the nose with grapefruit and bright, pomelo notes and some squeezed lemons. The palate shows lots of intense and textured fruit, which dances around some good acidity. Flavorful, oily finish. Pure carricante


James Suckling on 2015 vintage

A white that is very citrusy and salty with dried peaches and apples. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a long finish. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2015 vintage

Pale yellow. Lemon drop and green apple on the fresh nose. Deep and dense but bracing, delivering lovely lemony cut and serious underlying minerality to the apple and nectarine flavors. The long finish features brisk acidity and terrific grip.


Wine Enthusiast on 2015 vintage

Aromas of citrus, white stone fruit and vegetal hint suggesting tomato leaf lead the way. The racy palate offers grapefruit, pineapple, fresh white peach and flinty mineral while a pleasantly bitter note closes the finish.


Wine Enthusiast on 2013 vintage

Editor's Choice. Made entirely with Carricante, this opens with a lovely fragance of Spanish broom, lychee, white fuit and Mediterranean herb. The juicy, linear palate delivers creamy green apple, bright citrus and mineral. Drink through 2017.


Wine Enthusiast on 2012 vintage

Editor's Choice. This beautiful wine opens with aromas of peach blossom, stone fruit, citrus and slate. The structured but refined palate delivers juicy grapefruit, green apple, aniseed and lovely mineral alongside fresh acidity and finessse. It's already delicious but will develop more complexity. Drink now through 2020.


Vinous Media on 2012 vintage

(100% carricante): Very pale yellow-green. Intense mineral and floral aromas are complicated by notes of citrus peel, white peach and crystallized ginger. Then bright and juicy on the palate, with a very firm mineral underpinning giving shape and lift to the flavors of apple, nectarine and spices. The long finish features lingering nuances of white flowers and talcum powder. Already accessible but this wine ought to develope nicely over the next couple of years.


Wine Enthusiast on 2011 vintage

Very dry and dusty, this bleand of Carricante and Catarratto does a great job of showing the volcanic characteristics of Mt. Etna. There is fruit in the form of citrus, pear and melon, and the wine presents a tangy grapefruit finish, with a pretty mineral nuance as well.


 

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.


James Suckling on 2020 vintage

Loads of mineral character to this, from hot tile to chalk, together with notes of sour cherries and even a hint of damson. Medium-bodied with the same complex character to the lingering flavors. Well-balanced, serious rosé, made from nerello mascalese grapes. Enjoy now.”


Vinous Media on 2020 vintage

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.


International Wine Review on 2019 vintage

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.


Wine Advocate on 2019 vintage

Showing an elegant pale pink color with polished copper highlights, the Cottanera 2019 Etna Rosato is a fabulous wine and one that transports you to an imaginary world of sand beaches and sunshine. In reality, this delicate rosé is born in the blackened volcanic soils of Etna. However, its sunny disposition suggests purity and transparency. The bouquet offers sour cherry and cranberry with hints of rosemary essence and crushed stone. These are gorgeous results that will appeal to all lovers of rosé wine.


Wine Advocate on 2018 vintage

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.


James Suckling on 2018 vintage

A beautiful rosé with white roses, cherry blossoms and freshly squeezed nectarines, as well as some nutmeg and ground spices in the background. Medium body, very focused acidity and a mouth-caressing finish. Drink now.


Vinous Media on 2018 vintage

Pale onion peel pink. Fresh juicy pomegranate, violet and saline nuances on the nose and in the mouth. Lots of flavor and sneaky concentration on the long juicy finish. Well done.


James Suckling on 2017 vintage

A tangy and fruity rosato that is also fresh and lively. Dried peaches, cherries and pumice undertones. Full body and bright acidity. Pretty as always. 100% nerello mascalese. Drink now.


Wine Advocate on 2017 vintage

Cottanera does a terrific job with its entry-level wines in this newly released vintage. The 2017 Etna Rosato (made with 100% Nerello Mascalese) is a lovely wine with much appeal and an accessible, versatile style. The wine opens to a pale pink color with bright luminosity. It ends with vibrant crispness


Vinous Media on 2016 vintage

Pale onion-peel pink. Fresh and floral aromas hint at raspberry spicy plum and minerals. Clean and bright, with lively, almost shrill acidity that really extends the orchard fruit and berry flavors on the long back end. Made from the Diciasettesalme vineyard on the north-exposed slope of Etna, a high quality site for Nerello Mascalese from where Cottanera makes some lovely Etna Rosso wines as well.


Vinous Media on 2015 vintage

Bright light pink. Fresh aromas and flavors of red berries, jasmine and minerals. Finishes long and savory, offering a hint of residual sugar and youthfully chewy, peppery tannins. A more-concentrated-than- usual Rosato from this producer specifically and from Etna in general. Made with 100% Nerello Mascalese.


 

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.


James Suckling on 2020 vintage

Pretty nose with ripe pear, melon and a hint of chalk. Medium-bodied with a silky feel and plenty of minerally acidity pushing the clean fruit forward. Clean, flavorful finish. Catarratto with a dash of viognier. Drink now.


International Wine Review on 2019 vintage

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.


James Suckling on 2018 vintage

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.


James Suckling on 2014 vintage

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.

 
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