Girolamo Russo ‘a Rina Etna Rosso 2017

Girolamo Rosso appears to be a well regarded producer in the Etna region in Sicily. In the glass, the 2017 ‘a Rina Etna Rosso has a typically pale red cordial like colour consistent with nerello mascalese. I would have liked to say something more precise as to the grape varieties in the wine. But looking […]

A southern Italian masterclass – Etna and more

I recently attended a tasting that proved to be a masterclass in southern Italian wines with wines from Etna, Basilicata, Taurasi, Sardinia, Calabria and more. Sicily (and Etna in particular) and the nerello mascalese grape variety produced the stand out wines. Nerello mascalese has an exciting “nebbiolo like” future if this tasting is representative. Elsewhere, […]

Pietradolce Etna Rosso 2015

I have tasted very few Etna wines.  This wine is made from nerello mascalese, which presents with both pinot noir and nebbiolo like attributes.  Very pale in the the glass, the 2015 Etna Rosso from Pietradolce opens to aromas of potpourri, sour cranberry and roses with time.  On the palate, it is light to medium […]