2019 Girolamo Russo, Etna Bianco DOC
ORIGIN: Sicily, Italy
GRAPE: More than 70% Carricante and the rest in a blend 8% Catarratto Bianco Comune, 6% Coda di Volpe, 8% Grecanico Dorato, and 8% Grechetto.
Special Notes: Natural fermentaion. Best served chilled 12-14c. WA90 JS 92.
The cellar is now run by Giuseppe Russo, graduate in Humanities with a Diploma in piano. His special sensitivity has enabled him to enhance the family estate and the spectacular terroir of Etna, on the slopes of the famous Sicilian volcano. It is a small organic winery that has rapidly become a benchmark for the area thanks to its “naturally” developed wines that couple finesse and elegance with a Mediterranean stamp. The area around Etna in the east of Sicily is characterized by an arduous, “heroic” viticulture that relies on volcanic terrain resulting from eruptions and the passage of time. The vines are grown in the ancient tree shape, which requires commitment and sacrifice but rewards the effort with extraordinary grapes, o spring of ancient varieties such as Nerello. All this has won the terroir the name of “Italian Burgundy”. The wines of Girolamo Russo have something magic about them. They tell the story of a wild land in contemporary words that are never banal or predictable. Intensely fascinating and mysterious, they have a complex, aromatic mineral, yet they are graceful and sophisticated to the palate with substantial depth and flavour.
Nerina is a fragrant, soft, fresh wine that expresses all the wealth of impressive terroir of Etna, which is dedicated to Girolamo Russo (Nerina’s son). The blend is dominated by grape variety carricante that complements the five autochthonous Sicilian varieties: catarratto, inzolia, grecanico, minnelli and coda di volpe. Exposure consists of three stages (6 months in oak barrels, 2 months in steel tanks and at least six months in bottles) and makes wine Nerina refined and soft while maintaining a natural invigorating freshness and liveliness. Carricante is often describes as the Chablis of Italy. The elevation of the vineyards and natural acidity certainly have it heading down those lines. The mineral texture, line and length are a match. It adds that little bit of Italian flair, playfulness, a couple wild dimmensions.
Flavor Profile: Pear and spice with lovely mineral acid. Edge phenolics nice. Honeyed. Great depth and length, textural – layered lovely. Delicious vibrant. A little pithy, a little perfume, a lot of fun, playful yet serious.Food Recommendations: Fish in rich sauce, Smoked meats, grilled silver skinned fish that are oily. Even Pork stew.