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: 13,80% vol.
Total acidity: 5,40‰
Vineyards location: 5 different vineyard sites, altitude: 220 - 510 m. (722 - 1,673 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Limestone
Vineyards age: 12 - 25 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 7,500
Harvest: Hand picked from September 22nd
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 2012
Available on the market: June 2012
Production: 280,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 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 - 90 pts
James Suckling - 90 pts
Robert Parker - 90 pts
Vinous - 90 pts

Technical sheet


The winter period was characterized by temperatures below average with heavy rain and 3 snow storms; spring was cool and wet. From the end of June, the entry of a large area of high pressure brought a long period of sunny and dry weather with peaks of high temperatures in the last week of July which were slightly above the average for the period. The maturation continued throughout the period of September in a very slow and regular manner; the harvest was completed at the end of October (precisely 26/10). The final evaluation is intended to be an exceptional vintage for us, both regarding the quality of the grapes that have a good range of phenolic content and extraction with the potentials of a great vintage for longevity and aging of wines.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 488,0 mm (19.2 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3421,7°C
Evaluation: Outstanding