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Girolamo Russo Nerina Bianco Mount Etna 2021

Etna

Regular price $36.99

2021 'Nerina' Etna Bianco 92WA
Mt. Etna, Sicily

$33.99 on 4+ (code: 4saves3)
$36.99 reg

Nerina is 80% Carricante, 20% Catarratto, Inzolia, Grecanico, Minnella, and Coda di Volpe. The wine is sourced from the contradas of San Lorenzo, Feudo, and Calderara Sottana. The white is aged in a combination of steel (80%) and used oak barrels (20%). The wine is named “Nerina” after Giuseppe’s mother.

92 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The Girolamo Russo 2021 Etna Bianca Nerina offers another pretty interpretation of Etna from one of the volcano's most talented producers. This Carricante-based white is blended with smaller parts Catarratto, Minnella, Inzolia and Grecanico. The bouquet shows a lot of citrus and crushed stone with the occasional aroma of eucalyptus, green olive, cinnamon and saffron. Those spicy, almost waxy aromas come directly from the skins and the fruit.

My Tasting Note
Carricante can sometimes come across very lithe and hyper elegant, not this one.  Maybe the best Carricante after Pietramarina by Benanti that I have tasted.  Light lemon skin yellow.  The nose is med+ bright, minerally with fresh citrus, citrus zest, salinity and stone.  Gorgeous!  The palate is med bodied, elegant in weight but intense in energy, med+ in flavor with the citrus juicy and fresh, mostly lemons, sweet ones like the huge sicilian kind and some lime.  The minerality and salinity complexity is perfect, just adding complexity and linearity.  Med+ finish.  Hard not to finish the bottle before our main course arrived.  Reminds me of great village or minor 1er Chablis.
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