2021 Etna Rosato
Mt. Etna, Sicily
$22.99 6+mix US Low (code 6SAVES3)
Giuseppe’s Rosato is 100% Nerello Mascalese, with more than half the fruit coming from young vines planted in the contrada of San Lorenzo. It is made as a white wine would be, so the color is a pale pink. The wine is pressed using a vertical press then moved to stainless steel for fermentation and aging.
2019 score, not 2021: 92 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
This is an outstanding value. Opening to a pale copper color with peachy pink highlights, the Girolamo Russo 2019 Etna Rosato brings us the tonic freshness and crispness of high-altitude vineyards on Etna. Fruit comes primarily from San Lorenzo at 740 meters in altitude, and stainless steel is used in winemaking. The wine is super snappy and tonic with direct tones of pink grapefruit, peach, wild mountain herb, chamomile and crushed stone. No matter how you cut it, this is a super high-performing rosé from southern Italy.