A modern, but very complex and unusual etna rosso

In the vineyard Solicchiata on the northern slopes of the vulcano Etna in Siciliy, Italy, about 700 meters above sea-level, the grapes for this wine grows on lava soil. For this blend 90% Nerello Mascalese and 10% Nerello Cappuccio are used. Today, after Guglielmo Cottanera passed away, the estate is led by his brother Enzo and the children of the co-founder: Mariangela, Francesco and Emanuele. The vineyard is operated mostly by  a workteam of 25 women, which is the custom here according to Enzo. After selection by hand, maceration is carried out for 16-18 days in steel and the juice is raised in 50% neutral big barrels and 50% in barriques of which 30% are new with medium toasting for nine months. Then it rests for 18 months in bottle before release.

Anybody who has been up on the vulcano Etna, knows it is very much alive and it is a very interesting wine area in deed that we haven’t dug deep into yet, but one that keeps on surprising us with its unique terroir and refreshingly often different approach to wine making.

2009 Cottanera Etna Rosso

The colour has a ruby red middle, but somewhat beautifully translucent with transparent crimson-red purple edges.
After only one hour, a surprisingly complex, fresh scent of ginger, coriander, dried cocos flakes, very special, but distinct tar, wood glue, some fragrant flowers, delicate and vibrating minerals enters. In addition, tiny notes of toasted oak, but nothing that disturbs. We really enjoy this quite complex and very unusual nose!
The palate offers fresh, complex exotic spices, ginger and sourish, but ripe and pure fruit. Acidity is very balsamic and fresh wrapping tasty bitter grape-peel and oils. Concentration is great and the envelope is quite elegant for this price-level and there is good grip in the relatively persistent finish too. Texture is velvety and tannins are of great quality.

It is a well made wine with an interesting nose and transparent personality. Costs about €25 and it is really price-worthy.


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