Girolamo Russo "Nerina" Etna Bianco 2019

Girolamo Russo "Nerina" Etna Bianco 2019

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Direct Press Selection | September 2021

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Giuseppe Russo made a huge leap from being a pianist with a doctorate and an academic career to being a farmer. His father died of a heart attack in 2003 while working in the vineyard and Giuseppe decided not to sell the family vines. His timing was perfect, as a real renaissance of Etna wines was happening in nearby Passopisciaro. Even though Giuseppe had no winemaking skills when he took over, he was able to learn from people like Marco di Grazia and Frank Cornelissen. He seems to be very driven and a real perfectionist, so his wines have become quite acclaimed in the past few years.

The Etna Bianco he makes is one of the most complex and elegant wines I've had in a long time. Salty and opulent, with lots of fine-tuned mineral detail, it's got an unmistakable energy and presence that is at once contemplative and decadent. Mostly Carricante with some other local varieties, these white grapes are all interplanted in a vineyard of mostly red grapes, so pickers have to painstakingly hunt for the white grapes. Included in this are 100 year-old ungrafted vines that add some of the remarkable depth found in this wine. Steel fermentation, aged in a mix of older barrel and steel. My tasting notes just say "very, very good" at the end, which means at some point I just gave up picking apart the disparate elements and savored the wine in all its beauty. [Jonathan Kemp, August 2021]

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Local delivery:

We offer delivery 7 days a week within .5 mile radius of the shop (defined by Eastern Parkway, Lafayette Ave, 5th Ave, and Franklin Ave) free of charge for orders over $75. Same-day delivery is available for orders placed before 3pm, with final deliveries being made at 7pm daily. A gratuity in the form of cash is encouraged for all local deliveries.

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We offer delivery anywhere in NYC for $15. Orders must be placed by 1pm to ensure same-day delivery, otherwise they will go out the following day. As with local deliveries, a gratuity in the form of cash is encouraged

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For delivery outside of New York we ship via common carrier. We currently do not ship to the following states: AL, AR, CO, DE, GA, HI, IA, KS, KY, NC, MD, MS, MT, OK, PA, SD, UT, VT, WI. As statutory laws are constantly changing, please note that this list is updated frequently, and acceptance of an order does not guarantee that we will ultimately be able to ship wine to you. Unfortunately, we are not able to ship spirits anywhere outside of New York State. 

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You must be 21 years or older to purchase and receive products from Vanderbilt Wine Merchants. If you request shipping you authorize Vanderbilt Wine Merchants to engage a common carrier to deliver your order. All shipments require an adult signature at the time of delivery. Therefore, either you or an authorized adult must be present at the time of delivery with proof of identification. 
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