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”.

Appellation: Chianti Classico Docg
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape variety: 90 % Sangiovese; 5% Malvasia Nera, Colorino; 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,80% vol
Total Acidity: 5,8 ‰
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: 10 - 23 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 7,600
Harvest: Hand picked from September 18th (Sangiovese); from September 22nd (Malvasia Nera e Colorino); from September 3rd (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 2010
Available on the market: April 2010
Production: 320,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt
First vintage: beginning 1900

James Suckling - 91 pts
Robert Parker - 90 pts
Vinous - 90 pts
Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

Technical sheet


  • International Wine Cellar87 Pts


The year 2008 was characterized by a winter period of low rainfall and temperatures slightly above average. Spring was due to a very difficult period with frequent rains and temperatures slightly above average from May trough mid-June. Specifically, in the first twenty days of June fell almost 150 mm of rain. The end of June marked an improvement in weather conditions with little precipitation in the month of July and peaks of 37°C reached in the last week of that month. The veraison occurred in the first week of August, which it within company compliance. The months of August and September were characterized by low rainfall (40 mm total)concentrated mainly in two storms, one in mid-August and the other in mid September. This trend fostered a perfect ripening of the grapes, avoiding arrest of maturation due to water stress in the plants. The beginning of the harvest took place on September 12 and ended on October 18. On September 9 and 10 there were substantial temperature fluctuations between day and night, critical for the accumulation of color and the synthesis of aromatic substances.
rainfall Apr.-Sept.: 312,8
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 312,8 mm (12.3 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3535,96°C
Evaluation: Good / Very good