Castello di Fonterutoli


Chianti Classico DOCG

Il "Chianti Classico"

Produced primarily from different Sangiovese clones with extremely low yields , 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: 90% Sangiovese; 5% Malvasia Nera e Colorino; 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,60 % vol.
Total acidity: 5,70 ‰
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
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 7,600
Harvest: Hand picked from October, 11th (Sangiovese); from September, 25th
Fermentation temperature: 28° - 30° C
Period of maceration: 16 - 18 days
Aging: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt. / 50% new)
Bottling: February 2006
Production: 200.000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1.5 l
First vintage: beginning 1900


89/100 - Wine Enthusiast (USA)
89/100 - Enogea
88/100 - Wine Spectator (USA)
88/100 - The Wine Advocate (USA)
4 Stars "Highly Recommended" - Decanter (UK)
3 Grappoli - Guida A.I.S. Bibenda 2007


Year 2004 was characterized by normal weather conditions during winter and spring, with both temperatures and rainfall well within the seasonal average. Summer was instead characterized by unusual weather: abundant rainfall and cool temperature contributed to a delaied ripening process. Temperatures begun to rise again after the middle of September and remained warm during the entire month of October, this led to exceptionally positive physiological ripening of the grapes in the various parts of the zone and allow to delay the beginning of the harvest, which started on September 13th with the Merlot; the Sangiovese harvest, instead, began on October 5th and the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 19th.
The overall quality of the grapes was very good indeed, with concentrated and elegant musts, intense in color and rich in polyphenols with supple and velvety tannins.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 284,2mm (11.1 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3520,6°C
Evaluation: Outstanding