2020 Roccafiore ‘Fiordaliso’ Grechetto, Umbria IGT, Italy (750ml)

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It's not every day we choose a club wine from a winery whose owner is a race car driver...though that is indeed the case here! Leonardo Baccarelli is in his late-60s and still enthusiastically bombs around racetracks behind the wheels of Ferraris and Porsches on the European circuit. He also owns an important energy company distributing petroleum products throughout Italy. And in his spare time (!), he runs a successful resort hotel, wellness center, restaurant and winery with his wife, Francesca and children, Luca and Ilaria. Situated in the idyllic countryside of Umbria in view of the charming hilltop town, Todi, the Baccarellis call their estate, 'Roccafiore'. 'Rocca' means 'rock' in Italian and 'fiore' means 'flower', thus the name 'Roccafiore' represents the solid rock/foundation on which the resort and winery are built and the natural beauty of the flowers, vineyards and landscape of the property. The family produces 100% of the energy required to run the winery with solar power, uses biofuels in the tractors used to till the soil, practices dry farming to conserve water consumption and harvests manually. The farming of the vineyard is certified organic, and they only use natural yeasts to ferment the wines in their gravity flow winery. The 15 hectares of vines are planted to Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Montepulciano, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grechetto and Trebbiano.

The ‘Fiordaliso’ bottling is 100% Grechetto di Todi. After pressing the grapes and settling out the juice, the fermentation was carried out spontaneously in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The wine was aged in tank for six months on the fine lees, and was filtered but not fined or cold-stabilized. The finished wine was bottle-aged another three months before being released.

Delicate bouquet of chamomile and citrus. The palate has remarkable texture and a crisp, refreshing acidity, exuding flavors of underripe stone fruit, grapefruit flesh underscored by a savory note. The finish is long and juicy with persistent minerality.

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