Castello di Fonterutoli


Toscana IGT

Made in Tuscany dedicated to Philip Mazzei

This wine is dedicated to Philip Mazzei (1730-1816), an illustrious ancestor of the family, political thinker, American Patriot and pioneer, together with Thomas Jefferson, of the viticulture in Virginia. Made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon selected from our estates, Philip is the quintessence of Tuscany. "The great doctrine ‘All men are created equal’, incorporated into the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, was paraphrased from the writings of Philip Mazzei, an Italian-born patriot, and close friend of Jefferson’s." (JFK, "A Nation of Immigrants")
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13.69%
Total acidity: 5.44‰
Vineyards location: 50 - 310 mt (165 - 1,020 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Fonterutoli: mainly Limestone - Belguardo: mainly Sandstone
Vineyards age: 10 - 20 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 6.600 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 15th (Belguardo), September 23rd (Fonterutoli)
Fermentation temperature: 25 - 27 °C
Period of maceration: 13 Fonterutoli / 15 Belguardo days
Ageing: 18 months in french and american oak barrels (225 lt / 30% new)
Bottling: October 2019
Available on the market: May 2020
Production: 39000 bottles
Formats: 750ml - 1,5lt - 3lt - 6lt
Cases: 6 bottles cardboard box (750 ml), single wooden case (1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt)
First vintage: 2008
Ageing potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Full, ripe and intriguing body, long taste with pleasant and fresh aftertaste
Food pairing: Game stews, aged and blue cheese, spicy food

Technical sheet


Mild and rainy winter with temperatures above the seasonal averages; spring and early summer rainy as well. At the end of June the rain stopped and the temperatures rose, thus marking the beginning of summer on 21 June.

The summer was characterised by warm but generally not hot days, with changes in the temperatures during the day influencing the quality of the grapes. At the end of August and especially from the middle of September to the first week of October, greater changes in the temperatures between the day and the night have been observed, alongside with a long-term stability, thus creating the ideal conditions for the ripening of the bunches with the accumulation of aromatic substances and polyphenols culminating with the great quality of the 2016 vintage.

Upon the harvest, the grapes were globally healthy and the refinement in the cellars proved the high quality of the grapes picked up.

Beginning of the harvest: 10 September
End of the harvest: 11 October
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 484.4 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,240.2°C
Evaluation: Outstanding