Castello di Fonterutoli


Chianti Classico DOCG

Il "Chianti Classico"

Produced with Sangiovese and a small amount of Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot, it is characterized by a balance of elegance and complexity, which make this wine a magnificent example of the “terroir”.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese; 5% Malvasia Nera e Colorino; 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,80% vol
Total acidity: 5,9 ‰
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 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 28th (Sangiovese); from September, 30th (Malvasia Nera e Colorino); from September 16th (Merlot)
Fermentation temperature: 28° - 30° C
Period of maceration: 16 - 18 days
Aging: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt. / 40% new)
Bottling: Dicember 2007
Production: 385.000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1.5 l
First vintage: beginning 1900


90/100 - Wine Enthusiast (USA)
90/100 - Wine Spectator (USA)
90/100 - The Wine Advocate (USA)


At harvest time the grapes, concentrated and rich in sugars, showed an exceptional level of physiological ripeness. The musts, very elegant, were deeply colored, rich in tannins, and with complex and spicy aromas.
Spring, up until the end of May, was fairly humid and with temperatures slightly below seasonal averages; June and July were dry months, and the weather in July was particularly hot. The final two months of ripening were characterized by notable temperature swings from nighttime to daytime and prolonged periods of very low humidity, both factors which contributed to an exceptional ripening of the grapes both from the physiological and from the analytical point of view. The harvest began with the Merlot grapes during the first ten days of September and concluded between October 10th and 20th with the picking of the estate's Sangiovese.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 367 mm (14.4 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4155°C
Evaluation: Outstanding