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: 14.17%
Total acidity: 5.94‰
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: April 2018
Available on the market: October 2018
Production: 45000 bottles
Formats: 750ml - 1,5lt - 3lt - 6lt
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


The vintage 2015 was characterized by a rainy winter which resulted in a good supply of water. A mild spring and an hot summer.
Some rainfall in late July and after mid August led to a drop in temperatures, which have established the ideal conditions for the good ripening of the grapes with the accumulation of aromatic substances and polyphenol, ideal to produce a balanced wine, rich in structure, with complex aromas and long aging potential.
Beginning of the harvest: 7/09
End of the harvest: 8/10
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 228mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3739°C
Evaluation: Very Good / Outstanding