Chianti Rufina Cedro, Fattoria Lavacchio, Tuscany, Italy 2017
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Organic – limited production – renowned oenologist – restaurant owners
Nestled among rows of olive groves to the east of the city of Florence, Fattoria Lavacchio is an organic estate run by Faye and Dmitry Lottero. The secluded site provides the perfect setting for the couple to combine work with bringing up their young children. The fact that the vineyard is so isolated has also helped the team in their pursuit of organic wines that showcase purity of fruit.
Oenologist Stefano di Blast, one of the most respected in Tuscany, recently joined the Lavacchio team, inspired by the patchwork nature of the vineyard and the opportunity to work with such low yields. Alongside the vineyard, Faye and Dmitry have a restaurant and shop that serves only local organic food, including a range of meats that they cure themselves.
Wine lovers should not forget about Chianti Rufina. For the most part a high-altitude, cool-climate viticultural area, its Chiantis are some of the most perfumed, flinty and refined of all. 90% sangiovese, 5% canaiolo nero and 5% colorino, high-pitched aromas of tangy red and darker berries and violet are complemented by lower-toned earth and flint notes.