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Cottanera 'Diciassettesame' Rosso, Etna, Italy

Cottanera 'Diciassettesame' Rosso, Etna, Italy

Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso DOC 2019

Overview: From the sunlit expanses of Sicily, nestled on the volcanic soils of Mount Etna, comes the 2019 Cottanera Contrada Diciassettesalme Etna Rosso. This exquisite wine, crafted entirely from Nerello Mascalese grapes, embodies the robust spirit and unique terroir of its origin. Named after the ancient Sicilian unit 'Salme', which quantifies its 25-hectare vineyard, this wine reflects the intense connection between tradition and locality.

Product Details:

  • Region: Sicily, Italy
  • Producer: Cottanera
  • Classification: Etna Rosso DOC
  • Variety: 100% Nerello Mascalese
  • Number of Bottles Produced: 15,000
  • Production Area: Contrada Diciassettesalme, Castiglione di Sicilia
  • Altitude: 2460 feet above sea level
  • Age of Vines: 12 years
  • Yield: 7,000 kg/ha
  • Vinification Process: Gentle destemming, temperature-controlled maceration and fermentation, malolactic fermentation in French oak
  • Refining: 8 months in large oak barrels
  • Alcohol Content: 14.0%
  • pH Level: 3.75
  • Acidity: 5.1 g/l
  • Soil: Lava-alluvial
  • Harvest: First ten days of October, manually with small crates

Sensory Description: The 2019 Diciassettesalme dazzles with an intense ruby red color, promising a complex bouquet of mixed berries, herbal whispers of mauve, thyme, and juniper, and the unmistakable mineral touch typical of the Etna terroir. The palate experiences a symphony of dense, perfectly balanced tannins that crescendo into a balsamic finale, painting a vivid portrait of its volcanic roots.

The Winemaker's Background: With over 60 years of viticultural excellence, Cottanera dedicates itself to Etna's volcanic yet fertile terrains. Emphasizing hand-harvesting and respect for natural rhythms, the winery champions a philosophy of minimal intervention and maximum expression of terroir, ensuring each bottle captures the essence of its origin.

Suggestions: This Etna Rosso is best served at 64°F and pairs brilliantly with rich meats like lamb or beef, hearty pasta dishes, or aged cheeses. Its robust profile makes it a perfect companion for contemplative evenings by a fireside, where its flavors can be slowly savored and explored.


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