Girolamo Russo 2019 "Nerina" Etna Bianco, Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy

Girolamo Russo 2019 "Nerina" Etna Bianco, Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy

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Girolamo Russo 2019 "Nerina" Etna Bianco, Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy

Giuseppe Russo is a quiet thoughtful young 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 Northside of  Etna around the town of Passopisciaro and sells off the fruit from the youngest vines to other producers. He is currently producing his 2000 case production from only 7  hectares of old vines. 

Winemaker: Giuseppe Russo

Farming: Organic

Varieties:70% Carricante, 30% Catarratto/Inzolia/Grecanico/Minnella

Terroir: Mount Etna is Europe’s largest active volcano and home to some of the world's most interesting vineyards. Vines here are planted Albarello (little trees), they are not trellis-trained. He has 15 hectares of vines on the North side of Etna around the town of Passopisciaro. Russo’s ‘Nerina’ is a rich blend of Carricante, Catarratto and other local varieties. Several of the vines used for this wine are over 100 years old, which adds incredible concentration and depth.

Vinification: Controlled low temperature fermentation in 70% steel and 30% tonneaux with indigenous yeasts

Aging6 months in 70% steel and 30% tonneaux, on the lees

Tasting Notes: This medium-plus bodied, white blend is medium bodied and intensely mineral, with notes of fresh yellow apple skins, jasmine blossom, crushed gooseberry and a lasting lush tropical finish. 


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