2021 Alberelli di Giodo Sicilia Carricante
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. Since the 2020 vintage, Carlo has also been making a white wine - the Alberelli di Giodo Etna Bianco. Similar properties are therefore located high on the flanks of Etna and created pre-phylloxera carricante vines of 100 years or older.
The 2021 Alberelli di Giodo Etna Bianco is Carlo's Ferrini 2nd vintage of Etna white wine. This is one of the most exciting new wines and has already established itself with its 2020 vintage at the very top. The Sicilia Carricante has everything namely freshness, sharpness and focus that makes this an unforgettable drinking experience. The wine is reminiscent of citrus, wild sage and white flower, and of course you also get plenty of that volcanic character with salty minerals, ash and crushed stone. The wine has not been aged in wood (only stainless steel) and Carlo keeps the wine for a year before it comes on the market. Only 3,500 bottles were produced and the wine became available in December 2022. Parker writes in his review: " ....and I highly recommend you get your hands on one "
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||White|
|Drinking as of||2024|
|James Suckling rating||95|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Iets te vieren, Indruk maken, Met vrienden, Open haard|