Girolamo Russo San Lorenzo 2009 Etna Rosso
Girolamo Russo is a very small producer (as in just over 1000 cases total production) working with the amazing vineyards of Mount Etna at its indigenous grapes Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. Winemaker Giuseppe Russo makes three red cuvees based on three different contradas (vineyards). The San Lorenzo is 8 hectares and sits at 750-780 metres above sea level.
Winner of the “snail” award at the Slow Wine event in Italy in 2011, this year Gambero Rosso named Giussepe RUsso winemaker of the year.
While I haven’t had enough of his wines to comment on these awards, this 2009 San Lorenzo was a fantastic bottle for the price, and tastes authentically of the grape rather than oak: a wine that is wonderfully fruit, but serious, with structure and delicacy but also power. If you see this wine, I highly recommend a try – it is excellent value.
Very Good+ to Excellent and Highly Recommended Value
~$25 at Soul Wine Seattle