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(2020) Giovanni Rosso's Etna red is mostly Nerello Mascalese, with small amounts of other local varieties. It is matured in French oak barrels of various sizes. The colour shows a little tawny on the rim, but it is quite ripe and smoothly solid on the nose, a little wisp of exotic, incense-like smokiness and firm black and red fruits. In the mouth the game and truffle character is more pronounced, but there's a piercing freshness about this, a zest of orange or kumquat bitterness, small, firm berries and plenty of spices too. It's a solid and powerful wine, and yet has agility too. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for the previous vintage.
(2011) The Munjebel Rosso is made from Nerello Mascalese. A very clean aromatic profile, very mineral and sinewy, but there's a certain charm to the cherry fruit. The palate has lovely texture and amazing cherry density. Long, super fine and beautiful.
(2011) Similar nose, a little more dense, a little more earthy but refined, with a graphite note. Really crisp on the palate, and the acidity fresh and vital.
(2011) Gorgeous cherry and leaf. The palate has huge concentration, with amazing edge of acidity, this really is all about, the texture, the enveloping smoky richness without any hint of ostentation.
(2011) Plenty of smoky quality here, with a cherry and raspberry freshness, a warm, gently earthy and tobacco-infused. There's some warm orange oil, lots of smokily dark fruit and good length.
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