Girolamo Russo

'a Rina Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese - Nerello Cappuccio

9.052 ratings
9.07 pro ratings
Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio
Top Notes For
Chris Zitzman

Rounded plum and hints of blackberry on the nose leads to an evolving-by-the-moment palate that softens and deepens with every sip. It grows on you like a newly-favorite song, revealing better thing by the moment. CANNOT recommend this enough.
#ajoyfromourfriendstheSicilians

Rounded plum and hints of blackberry on the nose leads to an evolving-by-the-moment palate that softens and deepens with every sip. It grows on you like a newly-favorite song, revealing better thing by the moment. CANNOT recommend this enough.
#ajoyfromourfriendstheSicilians

Sep 10th, 2019
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
Oliver N

black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, herbs, anise, menthol, grippy tannins. rustic and delicious!

black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, herbs, anise, menthol, grippy tannins. rustic and delicious!

Oct 1st, 2021
Johnny Baltimore

2016 vintage. Decanted and waited 2 hours before the first glass sour cherry, blackberry dusty with tannic bite. Buy and hold on for 5 years or so and it should improve but not a super bottle in 2021

2016 vintage. Decanted and waited 2 hours before the first glass sour cherry, blackberry dusty with tannic bite. Buy and hold on for 5 years or so and it should improve but not a super bottle in 2021

Feb 8th, 2021
Chris Reilly

30th day with pizza. Great wine.

30th day with pizza. Great wine.

Dec 20th, 2019
Scott Petrus

Beauty

Beauty

Sep 16th, 2019
Theo Shu

A hot summer red! Light, funky, pop rocks.

A hot summer red! Light, funky, pop rocks.

Jun 29th, 2019
Pooneet K

Very nice Nerello mascalese blend from Sicily. Not giving a ton aromatically, but this is a nice wine with great restrained fruit and excellent minerality and acid.

Very nice Nerello mascalese blend from Sicily. Not giving a ton aromatically, but this is a nice wine with great restrained fruit and excellent minerality and acid.

Jun 21st, 2019