Castello di Fonterutoli


Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico DOCG

Il "Chianti Classico"

Produced from Sangiovese grapes grown in vineyards with extremely different characteristics, this is the estate's second wine. It is remarkable for its complexity and elegance as well as its character, which perfectly displays the synergy of variety and terroir.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 13.50 % vol
Total acidity: 5.7 grams/liter
Location of vineyard: Fonterutoli: 450 m. (1,476 ft.), west - southwestern exposure Badiola: 450 m.(1,476 ft.), west - southwestern exposure Belvedere: 300 m.(920 ft.), southestern – southwestern exposure
Training system: cordon trained, spur pruned
Harvest: hand picked from September 20th to October 5th
Fermentation temperature: 32° C
Period of maceration: 15 days
Aging: 12 months in small french oak barrels (228 lt.)
Bottling: December 2001 - January 2002
Production: 200,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml. - 750 ml. - 1,5 l.

AWARDS

Silver Medal - "International Wine Challenge 2002" (Uk)
91/100 - "Wine Enthusiast" (Usa)
88/100 - "The Wine Advocate" (Usa)
88/100 - "Alles über Wein" (De)
87/100 - Guida "I Vini di Veronelli 2003"
87/100 - "Wine Spectator" (Usa)
87/100 - "Enogea"
80/100 - "Guida dei vini italiani 2003" di Luca Maroni
4 Grappoli - "AIS Duemilavini 2003"
2 Bicchieri - Guida del Gambero Rosso "Vini d´Italia 2003"
16/20 - Guida de L´Espresso "Vini d´Italia 2003"
15/20 - "Vinum" (Ch)

Vintage

After a mild winter, springtime brought moderate but frequent rainfall and temperatures slightly above seasonal averages, thus creating optimal conditions for the growth cycle of the vines .The summer season was cool and humid at the beginning, thus accelerating the grape ripening process. The very high temperatures and dry climate of the last twenty days of August caused the decision to anticipate the beginning of the harvest . Picking continued until the 20th of October, with sunny days and considerable temperature swings between day and night. A careful selection of grapes during harvest due to some differences in ripeness, particularly in the Sangiovese, resulted in smaller overall quantities , though the grapes were nonetheless very concentrated in sugar, physiologically ripe and balanced in acidity.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 295 mm (12 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3367°C
Evaluation: Good