Girolamo Russo

'a Rina Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese - Nerello Cappuccio

9.0464 ratings
9.0105 pro ratings
Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio
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Tom Kobylarz

Girolamo Russo “a’Rina” 2016 Etna Rosso 🇮🇹 $25

Nerello Mascalese (94%) and Nerello Cappuccio are the yin and yang of red grapes that grow exceedingly well in the wild and high altitude clime atop the Sicilian volcano #MountEtna.

A hell of a bargain at about $25 as this crushes most Bourgogne/Hautes-Cotes under $50 and would give pricier versions a run for their money. It is also more complex now and ready to consume when compared to many similarly priced, well made “Langhe” Nebbiolo wines. From the @coravin this was ready to go and opened up well with 10-15 minutes in the glass.

A youthful medium ruby color, fairly transparent. The nose suggests to me a red Burgundy, possibly a Beaune or Chassagne-Montrachet red from the wildness of the Etna character. A deep underpinning of rocky minerality, hints of ash, rose petal and purple florals, with dabs of red cherry and red plum fruit, sweet spices with hints of old leather jacket and unsmoked pipe tobacco. The palate is juicy and fresh, with refined, silky, ripe tannin that are youthfully firm. Excellent density and persistence, but light as a feather. Medium+ on the finish.

Etna red wines are commonly described as having similarities to nebbiolo from Piedmonte and pinot noir from Burgundy. There are for sure some similarities, but make no mistake that Etna wines, when made well, refract the wild and volcanic Etna terroir well and are genuine in their own right. •
The complex volcanic soils of Etna, combined with some of the highest elevations for vineyards in Europe at 3,000+ feet, can produce wines with immense complexity and freshness. A sense if refinement comes across in the density without excessive weight, allowing for transparency of terroir. Most vines are trained in the traditional bush-vine method, which works well in the rocky soils that see a lot of wind and sunlight at these high altitudes.

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Girolamo Russo “a’Rina” 2016 Etna Rosso 🇮🇹 $25

Nerello Mascalese (94%) and Nerello Cappuccio are the yin and yang of red grapes that grow exceedingly well in the wild and high altitude clime atop the Sicilian volcano #MountEtna.

A hell of a bargain at about $25 as this crushes most Bourgogne/Hautes-Cotes under $50 and would give pricier versions a run for their money. It is also more complex now and ready to consume when compared to many similarly priced, well made “Langhe” Nebbiolo wines. From the @coravin this was ready to go and opened up well with 10-15 minutes in the glass.

A youthful medium ruby color, fairly transparent. The nose suggests to me a red Burgundy, possibly a Beaune or Chassagne-Montrachet red from the wildness of the Etna character. A deep underpinning of rocky minerality, hints of ash, rose petal and purple florals, with dabs of red cherry and red plum fruit, sweet spices with hints of old leather jacket and unsmoked pipe tobacco. The palate is juicy and fresh, with refined, silky, ripe tannin that are youthfully firm. Excellent density and persistence, but light as a feather. Medium+ on the finish.

Etna red wines are commonly described as having similarities to nebbiolo from Piedmonte and pinot noir from Burgundy. There are for sure some similarities, but make no mistake that Etna wines, when made well, refract the wild and volcanic Etna terroir well and are genuine in their own right. •
The complex volcanic soils of Etna, combined with some of the highest elevations for vineyards in Europe at 3,000+ feet, can produce wines with immense complexity and freshness. A sense if refinement comes across in the density without excessive weight, allowing for transparency of terroir. Most vines are trained in the traditional bush-vine method, which works well in the rocky soils that see a lot of wind and sunlight at these high altitudes.

#GirolamoRusso #aRina #NerelloMascalese #NerelloCappuccio #EtnaRosso #Sicily #Italy #GiuseppeRusso #coravin #winesolutions #wine #winelover #somm #sommelier #instawine #wineporn #naturalwine #vinnaturel #winegasm #winegeek #vin #vino #vinos #vinhos #wein #ilovewine #winetasting
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Sep 9th, 2018
Martin Bergo

This high-altitude wine of two great Scicilian grapes, mostly nerello mascalese, has a pronounced spicy and smokey mineral nose, like cinnamon sprinkled on grilled strawberries; all present on the palate with a rigid medium-high alcohol. 88p from me.

This high-altitude wine of two great Scicilian grapes, mostly nerello mascalese, has a pronounced spicy and smokey mineral nose, like cinnamon sprinkled on grilled strawberries; all present on the palate with a rigid medium-high alcohol. 88p from me.

Apr 13th, 2018
Mark Oldman

once again, sommelier service at maialino crisply steers us to a gorgeous hidden value: minty, juicy, cranberry-and-leather '15 Girolamo Russo a' Rina Etna Rosso from Sicily

once again, sommelier service at maialino crisply steers us to a gorgeous hidden value: minty, juicy, cranberry-and-leather '15 Girolamo Russo a' Rina Etna Rosso from Sicily

Oct 8th, 2017
Mark Morgan

A brighter profile than expected. Very tasty.

A brighter profile than expected. Very tasty.

Aug 25th, 2017
Alberto Cdm

Bellissima freschezza!

Bellissima freschezza!

Aug 9th, 2017
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.1

Berries on the breeze, liquid rocks, and a dusty road. My heart is in Etna.

Berries on the breeze, liquid rocks, and a dusty road. My heart is in Etna.

8 people found it helpfulMar 30th, 2014
Sebastian Slotte

Clear deep purple color. Light aroma of cherries. Flavours of banana peel! Ripe fruit jamminess which last for long length on the finish. Blinis with vendace roe and smetana increased the body and...

Clear deep purple color. Light aroma of cherries. Flavours of banana peel! Ripe fruit jamminess which last for long length on the finish. Blinis with vendace roe and smetana increased the body and...

2 people found it helpfulFeb 6th, 2015
Pax Mahle

Owner/Winemaker Wind Gap Wines, Agharta & Pax

8.7

Always lovely... And way preferable to the more expensive bottlings from this producer ... In my opinion...

Always lovely... And way preferable to the more expensive bottlings from this producer ... In my opinion...

2 people found it helpfulJul 9th, 2014
Rob Lateiner

Great with lamb + beef sausage. This really acts like Nebbiolo with oak. Rustic tannin (wood?). Lighter bodied like burgundy but tarry like the nebb. Cherry type fruit that could almost be either. Makes a great blinder.

Great with lamb + beef sausage. This really acts like Nebbiolo with oak. Rustic tannin (wood?). Lighter bodied like burgundy but tarry like the nebb. Cherry type fruit that could almost be either. Makes a great blinder.

2 people found it helpfulApr 17th, 2014
Sara Thomas

Fragrant, delicious! Wild blue hyacinth and strawberry jam. Notes kept changing. Well balanced too

Fragrant, delicious! Wild blue hyacinth and strawberry jam. Notes kept changing. Well balanced too

2 people found it helpfulJan 26th, 2014