2020 Girolamo Russo Etna Bianco Nerina (750ml)

2020 Girolamo Russo Etna Bianco Nerina (750ml)

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"One of the quality leaders on Etna, Peppe Russo (an ex-music teacher with a degree in literature) distinguishes himself from the pack with red wines that exude uncommon levels of purity, refinement and very intense, precise sweet red fruit aromas and flavors." - Ian D'Agata (Vinous)

Giuseppe Russo is a quiet thoughtful man, formerly a pianist. Since 2005 he has been organically farming his family's old vineyards, many of the vines around 100 years of age, and he is restoring the old cellar under his house. He has 15 hectares of vines on the North side of Etna around the town of Passopisciaro and sells off the fruit from the youngest vines.

The Nerina is a rich blend of Carricante, Catarratto and other local varieties that come from vines over 100 years old. The wine is aged for 6 months in 70% steel and 30% tonneaux, on the lees. Only 5,800 bottles made.

"Ripe and fresh, this is brimming with citrus and wild-herb aromas. So complex and expressive, this leaps and bounds across the palate. All the volcanic energy, underlined by fine tannins that push the finish out a long way. Drink or hold." 94 points - James Suckling (6 Aug, 2021)