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Girolamo Russo “Feudo di Mezzo” Etna Rosso 2020


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  • Soil Type: The Feudo di Mezzo vineyards are enriched by the volcanic soils rejuvenated by Etna's eruptions, imbuing the wine with a profound minerality and a hint of the volcano's smoky embers. This terroir contributes to the wine's complex flavor profile and its unmistakable sense of place.

  • Elevation: Nestled at an altitude where the vines are caressed by steady winds and cooled by significant temperature shifts between day and night, the Feudo di Mezzo's elevation plays a crucial role in the development of the grapes' aromatic intensity and the preservation of their natural acidity.

  • Grape Varieties: This Etna Rosso is primarily crafted from Nerello Mascalese, with a small percentage of Nerello Cappuccio, offering a wine that balances the former's structured elegance with the latter's softer, more rounded characteristics. The old vines, some surpassing 80 years, lend depth and concentration to the wine.

  • Winemaking: Following spontaneous fermentation, the "Feudo di Mezzo" undergoes an 18-month maturation in second-use Slavonian oak barrels, a process that subtly integrates oak notes while preserving the wine's intrinsic vibrancy and terroir-driven character.

  • Farming Practices: Embracing organic farming principles, Giuseppe Russo ensures that his practices respect the land and its history. The traditional alberello training system is a testament to the winery's commitment to maintaining the region's winemaking heritage and promoting biodiversity.

  • Tasting Notes: The 2020 vintage reveals a tapestry of red fruit, floral undertones, and volcanic minerality, leading to a palate that combines elegance with power, marked by refined tannins and a persistent, mineral-laden finish.

  • Pairing: Its complexity and balanced structure make the "Feudo di Mezzo" a perfect match for robust dishes, such as roasted meats, earthy mushroom preparations, or aged cheeses, where the wine's depth and acidity harmonize with the flavors of the cuisine.

  • About the Producer: Girolamo Russo, led by Giuseppe Russo, stands as a beacon of quality on Mount Etna, with wines that encapsulate the essence of their volcanic terroir. The "Feudo di Mezzo" epitomizes the winery's dedication to expressing the nuances of each parcel through meticulous viticulture and thoughtful winemaking.

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Girolamo Russo

Giuseppe Russo's dedication to the terroir of Mount Etna is encapsulated in his meticulous care for his vineyards, sprawled across diverse contrade on the volcano's northern slopes, near his hometown of Passopisciaro. His vineyards, situated between 650 and 780 meters above sea level, are home to ancient vines, with some nearly a century old, predominantly composed of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, and a sprinkle of Carricante. These are meticulously cultivated using organic farming practices and traditional bush training methods, allowing the unique characteristics of each parcel to express themselves vividly in the wines.

The estate's key parcels include San Lorenzo, known for its geological diversity and historical vines near Randazzo; Piano delle Colombe, cherished for its complex soils and coveted grapes; and Feudo and Feudo di Mezzo, where the ancient Greeks first introduced viticulture, with the latter serving as the vibrant heart of the estate. Additionally, Calderara Sottana stands out for its youthful energy derived from newly planted vines, yet rooted in the legacy of the oldest stocks, embodying a "new force but old soul." These distinct sites, influenced by the steady winds of Val Dèmone and the enriching touch of volcanic eruptions, contribute to the profound and expressive wines that Giuseppe Russo crafts, celebrating the untamed spirit and rich history of Etna's terroir.

Giuseppe Russo, a man whose roots are as deeply entwined with the volcanic soils of Mount Etna as the ancient vines he tends, is a testament to the transformative power of passion and heritage. Inheriting the family estate and its 12 hectares in 2004, he named it after his father, Girolamo, paying homage to the legacy and the land that shaped his journey. Initially set on a path far removed from winemaking, with a background in music and a PhD in literature, Giuseppe's destiny was irrevocably altered by the call of his homeland, Passopisciaro, during the burgeoning Etna renaissance.

Under the tutelage of pioneering vintners like Frank Cornelissen, Marco de Grazia, and Andrea Franchetti, Giuseppe absorbed invaluable lessons in patience, innovation, and the potential of Nerello Mascalese to produce wines of concentration and elegance. These mentors, coupled with the camaraderie unique to Etna's winemaking community, helped sculpt Giuseppe's approach to viticulture, one that harmonizes organic farming with traditional methods, allowing the "untamable energy" of Etna to resonate through his creations.

Giuseppe's wines, much like a meticulously composed symphony, embody the intricate balance between the rugged power of Etna and the refined elegance that only a sensitive and introspective artist can elicit. His involvement in the "I Suoli" project alongside Emiliano Falsini and Dante Pasqua further showcases his commitment to exploring the full spectrum of Etna's terroir, from sparkling wines made in the metodo ancestrale to ethereal reds that ascend beyond 1000 meters in altitude. In every bottle, Giuseppe Russo offers a piece of Etna's soul, a narrative of its past, and a glimpse into its future, making the wines of his domaine, named for his father, Girolamo, a heartfelt tribute to his heritage and the untamed beauty of his beloved volcano.

Etna Rosato: This cheeky pink number is crafted from 100% Nerello Mascalese, with a youthful zest from the young vines of San Lorenzo. It's vinified with the grace of a white wine, getting a gentle press before lounging in stainless steel to ferment and age, capturing the essence of Etna's spirited side.

Nerina Etna Bianco: A delightful ensemble of 70% Carricante and a merry band of 30% Catarratto, Inzolia, Grecanico, Minnella, and Coda di Volpe, all playing their parts from the stages of Feudo, San Lorenzo, and Calderara Sottana. After a brief 24-hour skin-contact flirtation and shunning malolactic fermentation, this white spends 6 months maturing in a stainless steel and used tonneaux duo, ready to serenade your senses.

San Lorenzo Bianco: From the high-altitude single vineyard stage of San Lorenzo at 750m, this 90% Carricante and 10% Catarratto and Grecanico blend performs a solo act amidst a red grape chorus. Skipping the malolactic vibe, it ages gracefully in seasoned barrique and tonneaux for 6 months, marking 2020 as its debut performance.

`A Rina Etna Rosso: "A 'Rina" translates to the sandy stage where this vibrant ensemble of Nerello Mascalese (94%) and Nerello Cappuccio (6%) from San Lorenzo, Feudo, and Calderara Sottana come together. It's not just any opening act; it's a well-orchestrated symphony from three distinct contradas, aged in Slavonian oak for 12 months, celebrating the harmonious blend of Etna's terroir.

Feudo Etna Rosso: This distinguished red, primarily ancient Nerello Mascalese with a whisper of Nerello Cappuccio, hails from the esteemed heights of Contrada Feudo (650-670m). From a grand 10-hectare vineyard, only the crème de la crème – a 1-hectare parcel of the oldest vines – makes the cut, aging for 18 months in seasoned Slavonian oak, embodying the soul of Etna.

Feudo di Mezzo Etna Rosso: This captivating red is a true expression of Etna's heart, with its roots deeply embedded in the volcanic soils of the Feudo di Mezzo contrada. A blend predominantly made up of ancient Nerello Mascalese vines, peppered with a few secrets in the form of Nerello Cappuccio, from an elevation where the air whispers tales of old at 650-700m. In most vintages this is the darkest and wildest of the contrada wines made by Giuseppe.

San Lorenzo Etna Rosso: Crafted almost entirely from the venerable Nerello Mascalese with a hint of Nerello Cappuccio, this regal red comes from the noble San Lorenzo contrada. Selected from the oldest vines across 8 hectares at 750-780m, this wine undergoes a natural fermentation process before spending 18 months in Slavonian oak. There's a certain herbal, minty quality which comes through in San Lorenzo that is unique to its origin, and it is often the lightest of the contrada reds on the palate.

San Lorenzo Piano delle Colombe: This exquisite, limited edition hails from a cherished plot less than a hectare, home to 80-year-old vines nestled in San Lorenzo at 750m, where the doves (colombe) play. Made exclusively from Nerello Mascalese, it's aged with finesse in 500-liter tonneaux and barrique for 18 months, a tribute to both the land and its feathered admirers.

The Mount Etna wine region, dramatically draped across three sides of the active Etna volcano in Sicily, is distinguished by its striking variation in elevation and the rich mosaic of volcanic soils. These unique conditions foster the cultivation of vines at altitudes ranging from a few hundred meters above sea level to over 1,000 meters, creating microclimates that yield wines of profound complexity and minerality. The region's wines, most notably those made from the indigenous Nerello Mascalese and Carricante grape varieties, are celebrated for their ability to capture the essence of Etna's fiery terroir in each bottle.

Mount Etna

Named for its pale color and hometown of Mascali, Nerello Mascalese is a rising star in the wine world. Indigenous to Mount Etna, it was overlooked for decades until recently the world has taken notice of the elegant yet powerfully minerally wines produced on the volcanic slopes. Think halfway between Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo.

Nerello Mascalese