2020 Girolamo Russo 'a Rina Etna Rosso, Sicily, Italy
“A ‘Rina” means sand in local dialect, a nod to the sandy volcanic soils from which this wine is made. It is a multi-contrada wine (from San Lorenzo, Feudo, and Calderara Sottana) that Beppe is quick to point out is not “entry level” but rather a symphony or melody of of the three different contradas from his estate that showcase their harmony with one another. Giuseppe strongly believes that the most balanced, complete wines are achieved as a composition from a variety of sites. 94% Nerello Mascalese with 6% Nerello Cappuccio to add color and amplify the fruit, the wine spends 12 months in Slavonian oak.