Girolamo Russo - Etna Rosso Feudo 2019 (750ml)


Price: $59.00

Producer Girolamo Russo
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Varietal Nerello Mascalese
Vintage 2019
Sku 8156
Size 750ml

Vinous: 92+ Points

The 2019 Etna Rosso Feudo is dark and dusty in the glass with an alluring blend of dried roses crushed rocks and red plums. This is round and juicy without a hard edge in sight showing gorgeous ripe raspberry and cherry excited by a twang of sour citrus. It finishes lightly structured yet full of tension leaving a cheek puckering sensation and the mouth watering for more. Give this zesty Etna Rosso some time to open aromatically in the glass. - By Eric Guido on June 2023 The 2019s and 2020s from Girolamo Russo couldn?t possibly be any more different from one another. Both vintages provide a massive amount of pleasure but for entirely different reasons. The 2019s are radiant concentrated finely structured built for the cellar and classic. Giuseppe Russo described 2019 as a fresh vintage with balanced precipitation and steady warmth explaining that he could harvest without pressure. On the other hand the 2020s are vividly fresh and fruit-focused loaded with sweet spice texturally lifted lightly structured and downright sexy. Most of them are already drinking well but with medium-term cellaring potential. According to Russo the issue with 2020 was the rain that started in September and lasted through harvest. This delayed ripening and in the end he wished that he could have left the fruit on the vines even longer but was forced to harvest what he referred to as wet bunches. Ultimately the 2020s are atypical of the house style but I must admit that they are nearly impossible to ignore. I also tasted the 2022 Biancos. This was a warm and arid year and I feel that in the wines? opulent fruit yet the balance of these two sun-kissed beauties is remarkable. In this case Giuseppe Russo harvested early to retain acidity and did a fantastic job. This portfolio was a pleasure to taste through. Lastly we?ll be treated to a new Cru wine from Girolamo Russo in the coming years. The Crositta will hail from a vineyard planted at 800 meters which will be Russo?s highest-elevation fruit. This wine is still in the experimental phase