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GET TO KNOW THE PRODUCER: GIROLAMO RUSSO 🇮🇹

GET TO KNOW THE PRODUCER: GIROLAMO RUSSO 🇮🇹

GIROLAMO RUSSO
Giuseppe Russo is a quiet thoughtful man, formerly a pianist. Since 2005 he has been organically farming his family's old vineyards, many of the vines around 100 years of age, and he is restoring the old cellar under his house. He has 15 hectares of vines on the North side of Etna around the town of Passopisciaro.
For Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo lovers, Nerello Mascalese is an exciting find — it can produce reds with impressive delicacy as well as those with great structure. From the ‘Fuedo di Mezzo’ single vineyard, this is a red of both impressive delicacy and structure. Of his three single vineyards, San Lorenzo is regarded as the most structured and deep. Fabulous with pasta dishes and grilled meats.
In addition to his reds, Russo also makes an Etna Rosato from Nerello Mascalese and an Etna Bianco from Carricante, Catarratto and other local whites. 
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Girolamo Russo San Lorenzo Etna Rosso 2018
Girolamo Russo San Lorenzo Etna Rosso 2018 $85.00
San Lorenzo is a single vineyard wine from a contrada in Randazzo. It sits 750-780 meters above sea level and the vines are now over 80 years old. The entire vineyard is around 8 hectares but only the oldest 1 hectare parcel of vines is selected for the single contrada bottling. The rest is used for A Rina and the Rosato.
The wine is almost entirely Nerello Mascalese but also have very small amounts of Nerello Cappuccio since the varieties are co-planted.
San Lorenzo is fermented in a combination of formats - 2,600 liter barrels, cement, and vat. 
Region: Sicily, Italy
Appellation: Etna Rosso DOC
Grapes: 94% Nerello Mascalese, 6% Nerello Cappuccio
Farming: Certified Organic
Age of vines: Planted between 1920 and 1940
Altitude & Soil Type: 765 M, volcanic
Typical Harvest Time: October 15-30
Maceration & Fermentation: 20 days maceration, controlled low temperature fermentation in steel and plastic tanks with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 18 months in 2,500 L barrel and used barriques Finishing: Filtered with 10 micron mesh filter Production: 4,700 bottles annually
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