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Giovanni Rosso Etna Rosso 2019  - First Bottle


94 Decanter -
Gorgeous salted, sour cherry notes on the nose with touches of iron filings. Vibrant and lifted, this has a lovely delicacy to it, smooth and almost light in terms of overall weight but with a piercing density of flavour that fills the mouth and drives to the finish. I love the slightly sour element and touch of iron you get on the tongue too. Excellent detail and precision, clarity and sense of minerality alongside hints of raspberry, violet and white pepper. Lovely control here, letting the terroir shine through. Excellent expression, great value and such a pleasure to drink.
93 Wine Spectator -
This elegant red draws you into the glass with enticing hints of pine, rose and anise on the nose, where a streak of tarry mineral underscores ripe cherry and wild strawberry fruit, orange peel and tea leaf notes. Fresh and juicy, with fine, firm tannins that emerge on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2032. 3,310 cases made, 500 cases imported.
93 Raffaele Vecchione - -
It is light and bright in the main matrix and recalls shades of hibiscus, geraniums, linden, lemon flowers and crushed almonds. The background is delicate with nuances of powder and chamomile. Medium body, round tannins of good grain and a remarkably dynamic finish. Drink now.

Technical Details

  • Blend85% Nerello Mascalese, 15% Nerello Cappuccio
  • WinemakerDavid Rosso
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionSicily
  • AppellationEtna
  • Farming MethodOrganic Practices
  • OakVarious sizes of French oak barrels reanginf from 5 - 50 HL in size.
  • Aging/Cooperage15 Months in oak and 6 months in the bottle
  • Harvest DateMid to end of October 2019
  • Alcohol13.5%

Giovanni Rosso Etna Rosso 2019

Nerello Mascalese  |  Italy
DC94, WS93, RV93

Organic Practices
40% off retail!

The Giovanni Rosso Estate has been a Piemonte staple since the 1890s, but only recently branching out to the harsh, volcanic slopes of Italy’s most active volcano – Sicily’s Mount Etna. The results have been nothing short of phenomenal, and the critics are taking note – 94 points and under $30...this is a new find that needs to be on every Italian wine lover’s radar.

Davide Rosso has really led the charge to modernize this estate into something spectacular. It was he who made the transition from grape grower to wine producer in Piemonte back in 1995, and quickly turned the estate into a Barolo star. In 2016, he acquired the Montedolce Vineyard, on the northern slope of Mount Etna, and in just a few short years, fortunes are on the rise here, as well. The aromatics, acidity, depth of flavor, and utter volcanic-ness of Etna Rosso make them among the most unique wines in the world, and this is a worthy addition without question.

Up at 750 meters above sea level, on the northeastern corner of Sicily, the 5-hectare vineyard of Montedolce sports 30-50-year-old, bush-trained vines of nerello mascalese and nerello cappuccio – Sicily’s native red grapes. Mascalese accounts for the vast majority of the vineyard (any Etna Rosso DOC is required to have at least 80% of the grape) with a scattering of cappuccio as well – all grown on the black volcanic ash and sandy, crumbled rock of Mount Etna’s intimidating slope. The fruit is hand-harvested, and fermented in stainless steel tanks for nearly two weeks on the skins before pressing and barreling down into various sizes of French oak for 15 months. Only about 1,200 cases were made, and even less imported.

Tasting this is an experience that can be difficult to explain to even the most savvy of wine drinkers. A weight and silky texture like Grand Cru Burgundy, with a deep violet color and roasted mineral character akin to a top Cote Rotie syrah. A juicy core of red fruits and a twist of orange peel leaves one questioning Tuscan sangiovese, while the floral notes can lead one astray into the realm of a Cru Beaujolais. Despite this vast breadth, the wine is supremely integrated, and harmonious throughout. Better still – the best of Etna Rosso, such as this – can age seamlessly for decades, without ever needing to for earlier enjoyment. In many ways, this is just such a perfect wine...and at our exceptional that should be acquired with due fervor!

About the Producer

Founded in 1890, the Giovanni Rosso estate has become one of the brightest stars of Barolo. Although the Rosso family has been tending vines in Serralunga d’Alba for more than a century, Azienda Agricola Giovanni Rosso has been bottling wines only since 1995, when Giovanni’s son, Davide Rosso, took control of the estate. Davide studied winemaking in Burgundy, and his philosophy has always been aimed at having the maximum respect for the environment, farming organically and with no pesticides, and for the terroir. In July 2016, Davide purchased an old vineyard on the Northern slope of Mount Etna, near the village Solicchiata of Castiglione di Sicilia, and with the same approach, began to vinify small lots of indigenous varietals. The farm extends a few kilometers past Passopisciaro down to Montedolce, a small inactive crater, after which the Contrada is named.