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: 13,70% vol.
Total acidity: 5,95‰
Vineyards location: 5 different vineyard sites, altitude: 220 - 550 m. (722 - 1,804 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 27th
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28° C
Period of maceration: 16 - 18 days
Aging: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225 and 500 lt / 40% new)
Bottling: February 2013
Available on the market: April 2013
Production: 350,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
First vintage: Beginning 1900
Aging potential: 10 years and more
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

James Suckling - 90 pts
Robert Parker - 90 pts
Vinous - 92 pts

Technical sheet




Perfect performance until the end of July / first week of August, given the high rainfall during the winter / spring which created excellent water reserves in the soil; the most critical moment was the middle of August to first week of September due to two extreme heat waves. Two providential rainfalls on July 27 and early September allowed the vines to resume their activities of synthesis of metabolites in the berries; further help came after the first week of September, by the sudden lowering of temperature in the evenings thus creating a greater temperature range.
The quality of the grapes from a health point of view was exceptional, given the almost total absence of rot. From the analytical and taste point of view, the grapes were very rich in sugars, but with great differences in the maturation and quality of the grapes is the diversity of "micro-terroirs".
Beginning of the harvest: Aug.25
End of the harvest: Sep.30
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 181 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3692°C
Evaluation: Good