In 2016, Carlo Ferrini - in his pursuit of purity and elegance - released a Nerello Mascalese wine from Etna, Sicily called Alberelli di Giodo. The vines for this wine are grown at 950 meters altitude and are 80-100 years old. The wine matures for 12 months in 5hl casks. It shows extreme purity and minerality - it has everything you want in a top-tier Nerello Mascalese
The purity of fruit is all here with strawberry, lemon-peel and floral undertones. Goes to cranberries. It’s medium -bodied with firm tannins and a bright, vivid and linear finish that keeps your palate clean.
95 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2020)
With its first vintage in 2016 Alberelli di Giodo's history began in Mount Etna with winemaker Carlo Ferrini. Eight small handkerchiefs of land, lying at elevations of 700-950 metres, that together make up little more than one hectare. Co-existing with olive and fruit trees, their precious, pre-phylloxera vines have survived for 80-100 years, all trained to the ancient alberello (bush training system), typical of Etna. Fermented and macerated in open-top steel vats, with gentle punchdowns but no pumpovers, the wine is at the palest ruby palette of ruby colour, with smoky and mineral character of Nerello Mascalese, full of restraint with pomegranate and wild strawberry fruit character. Super refreshing due to both lively fruit and acidity it shows chewy velvety tannins plenty of youthful on the palate.
94 points, Aldo Fiordelli, Decanter (August 2020)
Master winemaker, and pioneer of the Super-Tuscan movement, Carlo Ferrini pours heart and soul into his brilliant, brooding Giodo wines. New to Langton’s, these are essential additions for any pilgrim to the altar of Brunello. Here, Langton’s Head of International Buying Jesper Kjaersgaard explains just what makes the wines of Giodo such a find.
Carlo Ferrini is a name all lovers of Italian wine need to know, and not just because he now has a 100-point wine (courtesy of James Suckling). He’s one of the most revered names in Tuscany and it is because of the reputation he’s forged over many years.
In fact, he first came to prominence as the Technical Director of the Chianti Classico Consorzio, a status built on when he became the consultant to some of the most highly regarded wineries in Tuscany. He was in fact one of the key drivers behind the Super-Tuscan movement. He’s won several high-level winemaking awards and is commonly described as a ‘master’.
Most importantly here though, in 2000 Ferrini had the opportunity to purchase a pristine piece of land at the southern end of Montalcino. It’s called Giodo, a name derived from his parents ‘Gio’vanna and ‘Do’natello. Giodo is his ‘passion project’. Since 2000 he has accumulated 5.5ha of planted vineyards, 2.5ha of classified Brunello and 3ha of Sangiovese destined for his IGT Toscana wine, La Quinta (his fifth vineyard). The aim of La Quinta is to showcase a different and more immediate Sangiovese character than the superbly majestic Brunello.