2021 'Nerina' Etna Bianco
Mt. Etna, Sicily
$33.99 6+ (code 6SAVES3)
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.
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.
2019 Vintage (not 2021 On Sale Today)
93 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
This is an ambitious blend of Carricante (80%), Catarratto, Minnella, Inzolia and Grecanico. Nerina is Giuseppe Russo's adorable mom (and Girolamo's widow) who lives in an apartment above the winery and cooks epic dinners and lunches for the winery staff on harvest days. The Girolamo Russo 2019 Etna Bianco Nerina is a charming white wine from volcanic soils with some of the softness and floral intensity of these indigenous grapes and the salty or mineral notes that come thanks to this volcanic territory.