2019 'Nerina' Etna Bianco
Mt. Etna, Sicily
$31.99 6+ (code 6SAVES3)
Nerina is 70% Carricante, 30% 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.
2018 Vintage (not 2019 On Sale Today)
91 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2018 Etna Bianca Nerina is subdued at first, but then it leads to a linear and sharp bouquet that features lemon zest, pear, white peach and crushed stone. A blend of mostly Carricante with Catarratto, Minnella, Inzolia, Grecanico and Coda di Volpe, the wine offers all the components necessary to peg it to the volcanic soils of Etna, and this is something Beppe Russo achieves with pinpoint precision.