Castello di Fonterutoli


Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico DOCG

Il "Chianti Classico"

Produced from different Sangiovese clones 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 the uniqueness of its character.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 100% Sangiovese multi-clone
Alcohol: 13.70 %
Total acidity: 5.50 grams per liter
Location of vineyard: Fonterutoli: 450 m. (1,476 ft.) a.s.l.; west - southwestern exposure Belvedere: 300 m.(920 ft.) a.s.l.; southestern – southwestern exposure
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Harvest: Sangiovese: hand picked from September 3rd
Fermentation temperature: 28° - 30° C
Period of maceration: 18 days
Aging: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt. / 70% new)
Bottling: January 2005
Production: 200,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml. - 750 ml. - 1,5 l.

AWARDS


Medaglia d'oro - International Wine Challenge 2005 (UK)
Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2005
90/100 punti - Gerhard Eichelmann's Mondo 2005 (Germany)
87/100 Wine Spectator(USA)
87/100 WINE ADVOCATE (USA)
2 Stelle Rosse "Guida Oro I Vini di Veronelli 2006"
2 Bicchieri Rossi "Guida Gambero Rosso Vini d'Italia 2006"
15/20 - Guida de L'Espresso "Vini d'Italia 2006"

Vintage

Year 2003 was characterised by highly unusual weather conditions, with poor rainfall and low temperature in the winter, followed by higher than average temperatures during the spring and the summer, particularly during the month of August. This led to earlier than usual bud break and to an extremely early ripening and harvest. The picking of the Merlot grapes began exceptionally on August 22 nd and ended on October the 2 nd with the Sangiovese grapes. Despite these unusual weather conditions, the overall quality of the grapes was quite good, also due to constant operations in the vineyard: a “stop and go” harvest of the Sangiovese grapes during the month of September in order to optimise the picking of fully ripe grapes. On the other hand, spring frost caused a 15% drop in yields.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 206 mm (8.1 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3864°C
Evaluation: Mediocre