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Roccafiore: Fiordaliso 2018 & Fiorfiore 2017

Estate: Passionate about the distinctive Todi hills and their native grapes, father and son team Leonardo and Luca Baccarelli cultivate 15 hectares of vineyards in Umbria. Founded in 1999 when Leonardo planted his first vines, the estate is dedicated to expressing the elegance of indigenous/traditional grapes of Umbria [Grechetto di Todi, Trebbiano Spoletino, Sangiovese, Sagrantino], and their distinct sense of place in the Todi hills. Vineyards are farmed organically and are at 380 meters in elevation, with white clay, limestone and chalk soils. For a closer look, check out The Native Grapes of Umbria: Luca Baccarelli of Roccafiore over at Grape Collective.

Roccafiore ‘Fiordaliso’ Grechetto Bianco Umbria IGT 2018
Winemaking: From vines planted in 2003, fermented in steel vats, aged 6 months in steel vats followed by 1 month in the bottle.

Tasting Notes: Fresh and clean, with a depth to the tropical fruit and flowers glossed by citrus acidity and saline minerality. Snappy green apple lingers on the crisp finish.

100% Grechetto di Todi [Pignoleto]
12.5% Alcohol
$16 [average price]

Roccafiore ‘Fiorfiore’ Grechetto Umbria IGT 2017
Winemaking: From a single vineyard 30+ years in age, fermented in steel vats, aged 12 months in large, used Slavonian oak barrels (50 Hl), followed by 4 months in the bottle.

Tasting Notes: Round and creamy, with layers of yellow apple, lemon, citrus blossom, toast, and caramel wrapped around a clean mineral core.

100% Grechetto di Todi [Pignoleto]
13% Alcohol
$20 [average price]

 

Tasted at Slow Wine 2020 New York.

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