Zottorinoto from top Etna producer Cottanera, a pioneering winemaker, one of the most extraordinary producers in Italian enology today. This is a single vineyard wine made from 60 year old vines. In this unique and rare wine, the precious grapes express themselves with their deepest character. A reserve wine realizing a dream with the passion of a lifetime.
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|Classification||Etna Rosso DOC Riserva|
|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Maturation||Refining 24 months in large French oak barrels. Followed by 24 months ageing in the bottle.|
|Bouquet||Unique note of dark-red, crisp grapes which release a whole range of floral notes, with a trace of balsamic, Mediterranean herbs.|
|Taste||Rich, spicy wine, characterized by a well-defined, yet delicate tannins, in a perfect, harmonious balance of freshness and body.|
|Pairs with||Aged cheeses, game, main dishes featuring red meat, meat or mushroom-based pasta or rice dishes. Serve at 18-20 C.|
|Alcohol||14 % vol.|
The Cottonera production philosophy is to create an enterprise model which brings tradition and innovation together in the vineyards, as well as the winery. In the vineyards grapes are grown without an irrigation system and nearly all operations are carried out by hand. On the 65 hectares of vineyards both autochthonous and international varieties are grown. The land is unique and gives rise to an extremely variable diversity of vines.
Zottorinoto is a special vineyard in Contrada Zottorinoto on the Northern slopes of Mount Etna near Castiglione di Sicilia located at an altitude of 750-800 m, where old Nerello Mascalese vines have sunk their roots in the lava soil for over 60 years; a volcanic land that has always helped to make the Cottanera style recognizable.
The grapes were harvested manually and carefully sorted. Following a gentle destemming and maceration on the skins for 30 days the fermentation was done at controlled temperature with constant pumping of must over grapes and wine-pressing followed by the malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. The refining of the wine lasted 24 months in large French oak barrels, followed by 24 months ageing in the bottle.
Longevity 15-20 years.