Cottanera have created a blend with 15% of international varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot), which definitely adds fruit and richness to this easy-going cuvee. The fruit is leathery, backed up by taut tannins, and there's an enticing spicy, vegetal note to the nose. Barrique aging has been well judged to round out the palate, without dominating it.
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Vines: 85% Nerello Mascalese, 15% Nero d’Avola
Production: 8 t/ha
From the growth: cordon spur
Vinification: alternation of pump-over and punching down the cap
Maceration: ten days for Nerello Mascalese, eighteen days for Nero d’Avola
Ageing: malolactic fermentation in barrels of French Tronçais oak at a medium toasting, 80% new, 20% second passing. The period of permanence in wood is 12 months
Colour: steals pomegranate
Nose: yielded, floral, spiced
Palate: elegant, rich, tannic
Analytic data: alcool 14.5°, pH 3.4, total acidity 6.0 g/l.
Characteristics: good rubin color of Nerello Mascalese, intense and elegant taste, with notes of fruit of brushwood, strawberries, raspberries and cherry
Food Pairing Suggestions: pescestocco, skewers of meat, roast.