Mamma ti voglio tanto bene (5/5)

I'm posting a joint review for two wines. They are both white wines and both come from Sicily. They are, however, very different in terms of varietals, terroir, complexity, winemaking techniques, price tag etc.
Any comparison between the two of them would be, therefore, quite unfair.
So, why posting a joint review? Because both wines are dedicate to a Mum, "Maria Stella" in the case of Avide and "Nerina" in the case of Girolamo Russo.
On the Avide bottle we even find a brief piece from Leo Tolstoj on the beauty of a smiling mum.

So next time we drink a bottle let's remember to say (with words or thoughts) "Mum I love you", as these two producers are doing by means of their labels.

Tasting Notes:

Avide "Maria Stella" Insolia 2014 (4.1/5)

Light lemon-gold, floral with some lemon grass hints in the way of a fresh gruner-vetliner, some gooseberries, white melon and peach.
On the palate is dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium body and medium finish. Good fresh mineral verve, I think this would be loved by the new international market, very food friendly as well, especially great with shellfish.  
100% Inzolia, Medium Price, Sicily IGT, Italy.

Integrity 4.5; Balance 4.5; Complexity 3.5; Persistence 3.5; Hedonism 4.5





Girolamo Russo "Nerina" Etna Bianco 2011 (4.6/5)

Amazingly intese gold color, flint and mineral notes surround broom flowers and ripe/exotic white fruits, hazelnuts and thyme, rich and round in a sort of modernly burgundian style.
On the palate is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol, medium+ body and medium+ finish. Captivating sapidity, nicely contrasting the wine opulence.
70% Carricante, 30 Other local varieties, Premium Price, Etna, Sicily, Italy.

Integrity 4.5; Balance 4.5; Complexity 4.5; Persistence 4.5; Hedonism 5



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