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Girolamo Russo Feudo Etna Rosso 2018

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Intense ruby red in color with an extremely complex bouquet in which blackberry, currant and morello cherry stand out, perfectly complemented by hints of Mediterranean herbs, balsamic notes and hints of leather and tobacco. Ample, of considerable elegance, supported by a vein of acidity that makes it fresh and vibrant, with excellent structure and remarkable persistence on the palate.

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JS 94
James Suckling
Aromas of damson jam, together with pronounced mineral and floral notes, marking this as a very terroir-driven red. Medium-to full-bodied with a layered texture of fruit and firm but not chewy tannins. Dense fruit and mineral elements vie for position, but pull together in the long finish. Quietly complex, well-structured red. Delicious even now, but patience until 2022 will be rewarded.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

Aromas suggesting wild berries, spice and Mediterranean scrub come to the forefront on this fragrant red. Savory and vibrant, the palate features juicy Morello cherry, raspberry and baking spice set against a backbone of firm acidity. Fine-grained tannins offer lithe support while a tangy mineral note suggesting oyster shell signals the close. Best after 2023.

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Girolamo Russo

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Azienda Girolamo Russo, Italy
The Girolamo Russo estate was founded in 2005 by Giuseppe Russo, in memory of his late father. Their vineyards are planted 650-780 meters above sea level on the ancient lava flows of Mount Etna in Sicily. Ranging in age from 60-100 years old, they draw their minerals from underground volcanic water pockets. These water pockets also keep the vines hydrated during the intense Sicilian Summer. Everything is done by hand, and Giuseppe works the vineyards organically and makes the wines himself. He vinifies each parcel separately, seeking out their individual identities in a series of wines that reflect the diverse character of their terroirs. Did You Know: Some of the lava flows are so recent that you can't even plant on them!
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A large, geographically and climatically diverse island, just off the toe of Italy, Sicily has long been recognized for its fortified Marsala wines. But it is also a wonderful source of diverse, high quality red and white wines. Steadily increasing in popularity over the past few decades, Italy’s fourth largest wine-producing region is finally receiving the accolades it deserves and shining in today's global market.

Though most think of the climate here as simply hot and dry, variations on this sun-drenched island range from cool Mediterranean along the coastlines to more extreme in its inland zones. Of particular note are the various microclimates of Europe's largest volcano, Mount Etna, where vineyards grow on drastically steep hillsides and varying aspects to the Ionian Sea. The more noteworthy red and white Sicilian wines that come from the volcanic soils of Mount Etna include Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio (reds) and Carricante (whites). All share a racy streak of minerality and, at their best, bear resemblance to their respective red and white Burgundies.

Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted red variety, and is great either as single varietal bottling or in blends with other indigenous varieties or even with international ones. For example, Nero d'Avola is blended with the lighter and floral, Frappato grape, to create the elegant, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, one of the more traditional and respected Sicilian wines of the island.

Grillo and Inzolia, the grapes of Marsala, are also used to produce aromatic, crisp dry Sicilian white. Pantelleria, a subtropical island belonging to the province of Sicily, specializes in Moscato di Pantelleria, made from the variety locally known as Zibibbo.

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Extending across the variable volcanic soils of the slopes of Mt. Etna at some of the highest vineyard altitudes in all of Europe—up to 3,300 feet—Nerello Mascalese is one of Sicily’s most noble red varieties. It makes a beautifully aromatic, firm, cellar-worthy but pale-hued red often comparable to a fine Burgundy or Barbaresco. Somm Secret—Nerello Mascalese takes its name from the black color of its grapes, nerello, and the Mascali plain between Mt. Etna and the coast where it is believed to have originated.

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