2017 Alberelli di Giodo Sicilia Nerello Mascalese
Carlo Ferrini, who has been visiting Sicily as a winemaker for over 15 years, could not resist starting something under the fascination of Mount Etna and its main grape variety, Nerello Mascalese. That was the beginning of Alberelli di Giodo, a wine whose first harvest was 2016. The vineyard is just over an acre in size and is located very high at no less than 950 meters on the slopes of the volcano. The vines are still original and not grafted, so pre-phylloxera vines of 100 years or older.
The elevation and northern aspect are ideal for Nerello Mascalese, and the black, pomace soils yield wines with utterly distinctive body and fruit. Alberelli di Giodo is aged for 12 months in small 5-hl French oak barrels. The result is a wine of extreme refinement that remarkably exhibits the minerality classic of the volcano-growing region. The label also features the figure of the grape variety and depicts Nerello Mascalese on top of Mount Etna.
The Alberelli di Giodo Sicilia Nerello Mascalese Etna Rosso is beautiful ruby red in the glass with plums, dark berries, orange peel and lemons in the glass and these aromas are reflected on the palate. The wine is full bodied, layered and tasty with juicy fruit. The wine needs time to open, so be sure to aerate it in its younger years. Great wine from very old vines.
This is a unique Etna wine of which only a few thousand bottles are made. The first volume immediately received 94+/100 Parker and this 2017 volume received 95/100 points from James Suckling
Giodo was founded by the renowned Italian winemaker Carlo Ferrini. The name is a tribute to his parents Giovanna and Donetallo. Giodo represents a quest for excellence obtained by improving every detail. A mosaic of many small puzzle pieces to achieve the very best result. Meanwhile Carlo has transferred his passion to his daughter Bianca.
“Giodo encapsulates above all my own history with Sangiovese, my first great love. Its name is a tribute to my parents, Giovanna and Donatello, to whom I owe everything.” Carlo Ferrinic
The history of Giodo in Montalcino begins in 2002, when Carlo Ferrini, after years of research, finally identified his first hectare to purchase in the prestigious Brunello designation; Today, halfway between Sant'Angelo in Colle and Sant'Antimo, his winery rests on six hectares of vineyard. In terms of aspect, elevation and soil types, the location is perfect for viticulture. A majestic row of cypress trees lures visitors to this almost hidden, magical place, while the vines dedicated to Brunello di Montalcino and to IGT Toscana enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the serpentine hills of Montalcino to the massif of Monte Amiata. The final artistic touch is the picturesque olive grove that yields the Giodo Toscano IGP olive oil.
Everything at Giodo is underpinned by the concept of uncompromising quality. The whole process starts with the selection of clones and vines that are ideal for producing wines that are elegant, balanced and of impressive length. Every decision, every individual detail, both in the vineyard and in the wine cellar, is of the utmost importance and deserves full and scrupulous attention. Those small details are the indispensable tesserae that make up the mosaic that makes Carlo Ferrini's experience and expertise absolutely unique, the creation that successfully transferred his extraordinary passion to his daughter Bianca.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Complex, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines
|Barbecue, Iets te vieren, Indruk maken, Met vrienden, Open haard