As with most of Europe, Fattoria Sardi is as much about the history and people as it is about the wine. Matteo Giustiniani is the third generation to run Sardi. The property is located in Lucca, a subzone of Chianti. Wine has been produced here for over 2000 years.
His wife, Mina, was born in Greece. Coincidently, it was Greece who first propagated grape vines in Italy, but that was quite some time ago. While studying enology in Bordeaux, she met Matteo and eventually took on the duties of winemaker at Sardi. Along the way, she worked at none other than Chateaux Margaux, a first growth Bordeaux and one of the greatest wines made on Earth. So, all we have here is incredible soil, a rich history and unimaginable experience.
If recipes were made in heaven this would be it. Add to that the fact that the property is organic and biodynamic basically says the wine is going to be exceptional, and it is.
They practice the most patient non-intervention we've seen yet. They use only natural yeast, they add no additional sulfites and they use no chemicals in the winery. We should explain that the label says "Contains Sulfites" but that's because US restrictions dictate that the sulfite limit is so low that the naturally occurring sulphur in the wine can still be above the limit. Regardless, the wine is clean and crisp with lavish cherry and apricot flavors leading into red apple and Bosc pear and a sizzling, lemon drop finish.