Castello di Fonterutoli


Chianti Classico DOCG

Il "Chianti Classico"

Selected among Fonterutoli's 120 different parcels, after the master blend of its "big brother" Castello di Fonterutoli. It's the estate's "second vin", the most widely known and distributed.

Appellation: Chianti Classico DOCG
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot
Alcohol: 13,65% vol.
Total acidity: 5,85‰
Vineyards location: 5 different vineyard sites, altitude: 220 - 510 m. (722 - 1,673 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Limestone
Vineyards age: 11 - 24 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 7,500
Harvest: Hand picked from September 3rd
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30° C
Period of maceration: 16 - 18 days
Aging: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 40% new)
Bottling: March 2011
Available on the market: June 2011
Production: 345,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt
First vintage: Beginning 1900
Aging potential: Up to 10 years
Key descriptors: A well proportioned, elegant body, dark berry, fresh spice flavors, intense, smooth taste
Food pairing: Aged cold cuts, dark sauce pastas, BBQ, boiled meats with spicy sauces, fried vegetables

Wine Spectator - 92 pts - TOP 100!
James Suckling - 90 pts
Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

Technical sheet


The winter months had average temperatures and above average rainfall for the period, particularly considering the last 10 years; many days of rain resulted in a regular and prolonged good supply of water in soils. After a regular and uniform germination, the season continued with rains in June, followed by a long period of stability with increasing temperatures (up to 35-38 ° C) and low rainfall, until the first week of September. The climate has led to early ripening of the grapes, with particular effect on Malvasia Nera and Merlot (harvested from 31 August). The harvest ended on October 15, with the last grapes of Sangiovese.
This vintage is very rich in sugars, but associated with a good acidity due to the characteristics of the area and temperature range. On average the tannins are elegant, combined with discrete levels of phenolic ripeness and color, both for intensity and stability over time.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 321,4 mm (12.7 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3741,5°C
Evaluation: Sufficient