- Girolamo Russo
- Nerello Mascalese / Nerello Cappuccio
- 2009 - 2019
- Case size
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Goedhuis, June 2008
Fresh and ripe, this medium-bodied 2006 displays pretty and aromatic notes of sweet red cherry, black berry and plum - between perfectly ripe Grenache and Pinot Noir. The tannins are supple yet do add a bit of weight suggesting some ageability. A delicious entry level wine that delivers more than its price would suggest.
Jancis Robinson, April 2008,
Lively light red. Not the same as Feudo di Mezzo of de Grazia, which comes from lower altitude vines. Luscious and round and rich - very captivating essence of Nerello. Long, very rich and soft. Complex - like a mature Nuits, though quite chunky tannins. 10-15% new oak. 14.5%. Drink 2008-12.
Mount Etna, the area on the eastern side of Sicily, is the most extraordinary place. Volcanic, mountainous yet also cooler than most of Sicily due to its higher altitude, it is spectacularly rich with flora including orange, lemon, avocado, plum, pistachio, almond and mimosa trees as well as artichokes, broccoli and, of course, grapes. Nothing could be closer to the Garden of Eden than this. For its wines, the main grapes are the indigenous and late ripening Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, varieties that "yield wines of notable aromatic complexity, with finessed tannins and a weightless quality that recalls Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo." (Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Feb 2008) The Russo family have been grape growers for generations in Mount Etna and for all those generations, they sold their harvest to larger producers. In 2005, the young and dynamic Giuseppe Russo realised that he was missing out on the potential of his vines (many being 80-100 years old) and began producing a miniscule production from his own vines. They are juicy and ripe yet are refined, focused and mineral - like those from the Côte d'Or. They are absolutely delicious andhighly recommended.
Formerly churning out gallons of bulk wine, Sicily is in the throws of a viticultural revolution and now boasts many excellent wines. Geographically diverse, the island's wine reflect this variety. Planeta got the world's attention with its excellent Chardonnay and Merlot, but increasingly it is a raft of indigenous varieties that are hitting the headlines. Delicious Etna Rosso made from Nerello Mascalese, unctuous Passito di Pantelleria from Moscato and full-bodied reds from Nero d'Avola are all of interest.