Gaja - Idda, Etna Rosso 2021Regular price $80.00 Save $-80.00
Girolamo Russo, Etna Rosato 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Giuseppe Russo left his native Sicily for a time, trained as a pianist and music teacher, and studied literature. But when his father, Girolamo, died, Giuseppe returned in 2005 to make “the best wines (I) can in this exceptional, often challenging but uniquely beautiful area.” Although the Russo family calls the area in and around Passopisciaro home, it is an interesting and dynamic place that is attracting winemakers from the all over the world. The Russos have 26 hectares of land, 15 planted to vineyards and the rest to olives and hazelnut groves. Their vineyards are on the north face of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, in the north-eastern corner of Sicily.
This is made entirely from Sicily’s main red variety, Nerello Mascalese. It is made from mostly young vines jout of the San Lorenzo Contrada, which are perfect for this fresh rose. To retain its freshness, it is aged completely in stainless steel.
Girolamo Russo, Etna Rosso San Lorenzo 2016Regular price $75.00 Save $-75.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio
Imagine owning vineyards on the foothills of an active volcano. Nutty though it may seem, to winemaker Giuseppe Russo, it’s just a way of life. Some lava flow is so recent you can’t even plant on it! The vineyards are very high nearing 800 feet above sea level, often using narrow terraces held up by stone walls. The vines must survive in these mineral-rich soils, which thrive considering there is often no rain in summer. Many of the vineyards are surrounded by olive and hazelnut groves, all whilst growing at the base of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna.
San Lorenzo is a single vineyard coming from the larger contrada of Randazzo. These are coplanted 80 year old vines that sit at a relatively high altitude of 750 plus meters above sea level. Only the oldest vines from a single hectare parcel are used for this wine. San Lorenzo is aged in a variety of formats, with large barrels, cement, and vats.