Castello di Fonterutoli


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”.

Appellation: Chianti Classico Docg
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese; 5% Malvasia Nera, Colorino; 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,80% vol
Total Acidity: 6,1 ‰
Vineyards location: Fonterutoli: 450 m. (1,476 ft.) a.s.l.; west - southwestern exposure Belvedere: 300 m.(920 ft.) a.s.l.; southestern – southwestern exposure
Soil: limestone
Vineyards age: 9 - 22 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 7,600
Harvest: Hand picked from September 13th (Sangiovese); from September, 15th (Malvasia Nera e Colorino); from August 31st (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: February 2009
Available on the market: March 2009
Production: 386,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1.5 l
First vintage: beginning 1900

SCORES
Wine Spectator - 90 pts
Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts
Decanter - 4 Stars

Vintage

The winter period was characterized by temperatures slightly above average and low rainfall. In June an July there was low rainfall and low relative humidity with temperatures at seasonal averages, the highest reached in the third half of July. The optimal seasonal pattern in the month of August completely eliminated any stripping. The time of veraison was advanced by approximately 8 days. In the next phase between mid-September and October there were optimum conditions, thus bringing the quality of the grapes to excellent levels. In particular, the grapes were characterized by high concentrations of polyphenols and anthocyanins. Tannins in the mouth were especially soft and elegant, with an excellent balance of sugar and acid.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 199,6 mm (7.86 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3630,22°C
Evaluation: Outstanding