Italy

Mt Etna winesThe past 10 years have seen worldwide demand for the `niche market’ wines of the Piedmont, Tuscany and more recently Mount Etna increase dramatically.

The pioneering BAROLO BOYS in Piedmont and the `SUPER TUSCANS’ have established their identity in a very short period of time for outstanding quality and age-worthy wines.

Further the high altitude vineyards on the north slopes of MOUNT ETNA are gathering international interest for the wines made from the Nerello Mascalese grape. The vineyards are situated at elevations of between 600 – 900 metres and enjoy cool nights despite the far southerly latitude of the region.

The style is almost `pinot noiresque’ with pure red and black fruits, mineral energy (from the volcanic soils), complexity, freshness and elegance.

I’ve drunk Sicilia’s crimson wine!
The blazing vintage pressed
From grapes on Etna’s breast,
What time the mellowing autumn sun did shine:
I‘ve drunk the wine!
I feel its blood divine
Poured on the sluggish tide of mine,
Till, kindling slow, Its fountains glow
With the light that swims
On their trembling brims,
And a molten sunrise floods my limbs!

Baynard Taylor , an American in the 19th Century

See below for our current offers. Although we try to ensure availability is up-to-date, in busy times it may not be possible, so please call to avoid disappointment. Prices are shown exclusive of duty and taxes.

IB = In Bond | DP = Duty Paid : Click on the column headings to sort

ITALY
Domaine
Vintage
BTL/CASE
Price £
No Cases
Bottles
IB / DP
Score
LE DIFESESAN GUIDO20136£9012IB
LE SERRE NUOVEORNELLAIA20116£1901IB
TIGNANELLO
Tuscany
ANTINORI20106£4751IB
BARBERA D'ALBAF. REVELLO20136£486IB
BAROLO VIGNA GIACHINI F. REVELLO20106£24013IB
BAROLO GIACHINI in MAGNUMSF. REVELLO201033IB
BAROLO BUSSIAG. FENOCCHIO20106£1955IB
BAROLO BUSSIAG. FENOCCHIO2010£335IB

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Mt Etna Wines

a-rinaThese are NOT your typical Sicilian wines. One has to be more precise and note that the top wines here are produced from micro-vineyards on the Northern slopes of Mount Etna at altitudes of between 600 and 1000 metres ( 1860 ft – 3000 ft).

Etna is fascinating and has vineyards planted 100 to 200 years ago on ungrafted pre-phylloxera vines.  In this fertile area the vines share the beautiful topography with other plants:  lettuces and bitter greens, orange and lemon orchards, figs and strawberries all  live together in harmony. The wines reveal a combination of  luscious ripe fruit, freshness, minerality, healthy acidity, depth, energy and harmony from the rich volcanic soils.  These rare single vineyard, micro-cuvees wines are persistant on the palate, very satisfying to drink, will age gracefully AND are very reasonably priced !

See below for our current offers. Although we try to ensure availability is up-to-date, in busy times it may not be possible, so please call to avoid disappointment.

IB = In Bond | DP = Duty Paid : Click on the column headings to sort

MT ETNA
Domaine
Vintage
Bts per Case
Price £
No Cases
Bottles
IB / DP
Score
ETNA ROSATO
(ROSE wine)
GIROLAMO RUSSO20136£7211IB90+
ETNA ROSATO
(ROSE wine)
GIROLAMO RUSSO20146£7244IB
ETNA ROSSO A'RINA
RED WINE
GIROLAMO RUSSO20126£9687IB92
ETNA ROSSO FEUDO
Single Vineyard
GIROLAMO RUSSO20126£14020IB93
ETNA ROSSO
FEUDO Di MEZZO Single Vineyard
GIROLAMO RUSSO20126£14010IB93+
ETNA ROSSO
SAN LORENZO Single Vineyard
GIROLAMO RUSSO20126£14010IB94
ETNA ROSSO A'RINA
RED WINE
GIROLAMO RUSSO20136£9693
ETNA ROSSO VEILLE VIGNESLE VIGNE Di ELI20136£7022IB
ETNA ROSSO MORGANAZZI
Single Vineyard
LE VIGNE Di ELI20106£14020IB
ETNA ROSSO MORGANAZZI
Single Vineyard
LE VIGNE Di ELI20126£14027IB
ETNA ROSSO PUGNATUNI
Single Vineyard
LE VIGNE Di ELI20116£1402IB
ETNA ROSSO SAN LORENZO
Single Vineyard
LE VIGNE Di ELI20116£1552IB
ETNA ROSSO MORGANAZZI
Single Vineyard
LE VIGNE Di ELI20136£14050IB
ETNA ROSSO PUGNATUNI
Single Vineyard
LE VIGNE Di ELI20136£14050IB

Below you will find some information about our current producers.

Antinori

Antinori

The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries, ever since, in 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence.

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Girolamo Russo

Girolamo Russo

Giuseppe Russo, a trained pianist with a degree in Italian literature, manages the family estate since 2004 and bottles Etna Rosso in three different versions (the first released vintage was 2005).

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Azienda Agricola, Le Vigne di Eli

Azienda Agricola, Le Vigne di Eli

Micro cuvees from the northern slopes of Mount Etna. A proportion of the proceeds from this estate go to the Ospedale Pediatrico Meyer hospital in Florence.

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Below are reviews for some of the wines we can supply.

Monica Larner reviews for Etna Rosso

Monica Larner reviews for Etna Rosso

Monica Parker is the Italian reviewer for Robert Parker. Here she reviews the Girolamo Etna Russo wines.

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