Castello di Fonterutoli


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: 13,52% vol.
Total acidity: 5,85‰
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 24th
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 2014
Available on the market: April 2014
Production: 370,000 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


Technical sheet

Vintage

Anomalous weather during the winter period, where there were very few precipitations with a snowfall in February. The months of June, July and August have been characterized by an almost total absence of rain, with temperatures above the seasonal average. A decisive change in weather in the last week of August and the first seven days of September gave a positive turn to the season; there were a significant drop in temperatures for both minimum and maximum temperatures, allowing the plants to resume "work" in an optimal manner and consequently arrive to the ripening of the grapes in very good conditions. The grapes have not had any problems and have arrived to the cellar in optimum conditions. This vintage from a quantitative point of view, gave us a reduction of about 25% -30% of the grapes compared to the previous years. The agronomical judgment on the vintage is on average good, with peaks of excellence for some of the Sangiovese grapes.
Beginning of the harvest: Aug.29
End of the harvest: Oct.10
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 369,8 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3723°C
Evaluation: Very good