Girolamo Russo
Etna Rosato - 2019
7.92 / 10

Type
Rose Still, Dry
Producer
Girolamo Russo
Vintage
2019
Location
Italy, Etna DOC
Grapes
Nerello Mascalese
Alcohol
12.5
Sugar
0.2
Price
645 UAH
Cellar
N/A

Producer

Making wine on the slopes of Mount Etna is an intensely personal, profound and ongoing act of love.

Some are just ‘lucky’ to be affiliated with Etna by the right of birth. Giuseppe Russo, a graduate of Humanities with a Diploma in piano, re-established the family winery in 2005 and dedicated it to the memory of the late father, Girolamo. Their vineyards cover 18 hectares, surrounded by hazelnut and olive groves.

Giuseppe Russo owns around 26 ha of vineyards, half is sold, half is turned into wine. 1 white, 1 rosé and 4 red wines.

Ratings

2021-07-13 - 7.25

Girolamo Russo is a producer that I am trying to discover for myself and every wine I taste lacks something to tick for me. Maybe they need to spend more time in bottle, don’t know. Rosato is closed and elusive. White flowers, grapefruit, peach and cream. The palate is also creamy with flavours of peach and grapefruit. Overall it’s nice, but restrained, so I could not fully enjoy this wine.

Wine #4 on Rose Petals Party.

2021-08-19 - 8.00

The last time I tasted this wine, I was disappointed. But then I tasted Nerina and it returned my faith in Russo. So now giving one more chance to Rosato. And it’s wonderful! Delicate and sophisticated bouquet full of cheese with mold, grass, sea, spices, red currant. Medium+ acidity, well balanced, long aftertaste with flavours of gooseberry, red currant and nice iodine touch.

2022-06-01 - 8.50

Almost a year has passed since my last tasting of this wine. And it’s as great as I remember it. Vivid, delicate and sophisticated. It bursts with notes of cheese, sea, spices, red currant, and cranberry. Almost perfectly balanced, vibrant, with amazing taste evolution behaving like a sea wave. Flavours of red currant, sour cheery, Sicilian orange and iodine. One of my favourite light rosé wines, despite bad first experience.