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Cottanera 'Feudo di Mezzo' Rosso, Etna, Sicily, Italy

Cottanera 'Feudo di Mezzo' Rosso, Etna, Sicily, Italy

In the 2017 Cottanera 'Feudo di Mezzo' Rosso, the grapes from our esteemed Cru showcase an austere and profound character with autumnal nuances. This wine epitomizes the essence of Etna's unique terroir, delivering a deeply satisfying and long-lived experience.

Product Details:

  • Name: Etna DOC Rosso
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Composition: 100% Nerello Mascalese
  • Alcohol Content: 14%
  • PH: 3.68
  • Total Acidity: 5.2 g/L
  • Number of Bottles: 7,500
  • Production Area: Contrada Feudo di Mezzo, Castiglione di Sicilia
  • Altitude: 750-770 meters a.s.l.
  • Average Age of Vines: 25-30 years
  • Yield: 5,000 kg/ha
  • System of Cultivation: Espalier
  • Vine Density: 5,700 - 6,000 plants/ha
  • Soil Type: Lava


  • Harvest: Manual in small crates during 10-20 days into October, with women handpicking grapes directly from the vines.
  • Vinification: Destemming and maceration with skin contact at a controlled temperature of 28°C for about 30 days. Fermentation occurs at 26-28°C with constant pumping over and wine-pressing. Malolactic fermentation in French oak casks.
  • Refinement: 14-16 months in French oak casks followed by 18 months of aging in the bottle.

Sensory Description: This light garnet red wine opens with floral aromas complemented by notes of red fruits. On the palate, it presents a structured profile with thick tannins, indicative of its potential for longevity. The wine captures the rugged elegance of its volcanic origins, promising a sophisticated and enduring experience.

Winemaker's Background: Cottanera, established on the slopes of Mount Etna since 1960, embodies a profound respect for the volcanic land. With over 60 years of experience, the winery prioritizes quality and the enhancement of Etna's unique terroir. Almost all vineyard work, including the harvest, is done by hand, reflecting the dedication to tradition and the potential of each distinct district.

Serving Suggestions: The 2017 'Feudo di Mezzo' Rosso is ideal with mushroom-based dishes, meat sauces, and aged cheeses. For a perfect pairing, try it with risotto featuring porcini mushrooms, pasta with ragout, or braised beef. Serve at 60-64°F to fully appreciate its nuanced flavors and robust structure.


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