Girolamo Russo

'a Rina Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese - Nerello Cappuccio

9.035 ratings
9.05 pro ratings
Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio
Top Notes For
James Forsyth

Smoke, tobacco, spice, red fruit, cabinet. Pretty decent stuff. Certainly Etna is hot right now and it's understandable why.

Smoke, tobacco, spice, red fruit, cabinet. Pretty decent stuff. Certainly Etna is hot right now and it's understandable why.

Nov 20th, 2018
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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2 people found it helpfulSep 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.

1 person found it helpfulApr 13th, 2018
Michael Meyer

Ripe, fresh and vibrant, this Mascalese/Capuccio blend pleases with uncanny mouthfeel, soft tannin, and blood orange tinged cherry and raspberry.

Ripe, fresh and vibrant, this Mascalese/Capuccio blend pleases with uncanny mouthfeel, soft tannin, and blood orange tinged cherry and raspberry.

Mar 29th, 2019
Ken Smith

Crisp mineral taste - great if you love pinot noir!

Crisp mineral taste - great if you love pinot noir!

Mar 24th, 2019
Dan skoda

Punchy dark boysenberry, cherry, with some menthol notes and soft floral and herb. Open several hours now. This was singing just moments after opening. Deeply ripe cranberry fruit balanced by a lingering moderate acidity, some tannin. Really love this wine, such an authentic charm here.

Punchy dark boysenberry, cherry, with some menthol notes and soft floral and herb. Open several hours now. This was singing just moments after opening. Deeply ripe cranberry fruit balanced by a lingering moderate acidity, some tannin. Really love this wine, such an authentic charm here.

Mar 7th, 2019
Simon Wathier

Funky wine from Mount Etna!

Funky wine from Mount Etna!

Jan 24th, 2019
K W
8.6

Jammu than I normally like, but quite good. Has a spice to it, smells like slate. Nice light tannin.

Jammu than I normally like, but quite good. Has a spice to it, smells like slate. Nice light tannin.

Nov 18th, 2018
roland benedetti

Indeed a combination of piedmont and burgundy but more volcanic (and cheaper). Just awesome wine, really!!!!

Indeed a combination of piedmont and burgundy but more volcanic (and cheaper). Just awesome wine, really!!!!

Oct 30th, 2018
Dan Michael

Tasty Sicilian red, plenty of tart cherry acidity, light weight, no oak notes, simple and delicious with pizza.

Tasty Sicilian red, plenty of tart cherry acidity, light weight, no oak notes, simple and delicious with pizza.

Oct 21st, 2018