“The Cambria family has embarked on an ambitious renewal project… International varieties (like Merlot) have been replaced with indigenous grapes. Today, 42 of Cottanera’s 60 hectares of vines are planted exclusively to native Etna grapes. This important estate now farms five distinct contrade including Contrada Cottanera, Zottorinoto, Feudo di Mezzo, Calderara and Diciassettesalme… Keep your eyes on Cottanera because this is indeed an exciting winery to watch.” —Monica Larner, Wine Advocate August 2017.
Cottanera is regarded as a producer to watch in Sicily and their entry level Bianco is a beauty. Made from the local variety Catarratto with a hint of Viognier, it has lifted aromatics of white florals, marzipan, lemon leaf and frangipani. Crisp and crunchy fruit on palate that is refreshing and dry with a chalky, mineral finish. Superb with grilled sardines or anything with preserved lemon, it is a wonderful introduction to the variety and to Sicily itself. Highly recommended. – FWC.