Castello di Fonterutoli


Poggio Badiola

Toscana IGT

An "every day" Supertuscan

It comes from vineyards located at a great altitude in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, around a Romanesque church dating back to the 10th century. It uniquely combines the freshness and elegance of Sangiovese with the soft structure of Merlot, to which a refined touch is given by Petit Verdot.
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 65% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 12.74%
Total acidity: 5.92‰
Vineyards location: Badiola vineyard (Radda in Chianti), alt.: 470 - 570 m. (1,540 - 1,870 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Rocky - coming from decomposed limestone and sandstone
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5.500 - 7.200 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 20th (Sangiovese), from September 4th (complementary varietals)
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28 °C
Period of maceration: 12 - 15 days
Ageing: In american small oak barrels (225 lt) for 10 months
Bottling: November 2020
Available on the market: January 2021
Production: 250000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt
First vintage: 1994
Key descriptors: Elegant, fresh red berry flavors, velvety, aromatic and supple
Food pairing: Cold cuts, pasta with meat/game sauce, pizza, big grilled fish, pot roast

Technical sheet

Vintage

The 2019 harvest recalled the great vintages of the 1980s. This was a 'classic' year, with nature and nurture coming together to create something truly exceptional. Winter temperatures were below average and rainfall was low, with unusually warm weather at the end of February. However, stormy squalls through spring and late into summer replenished the water table and made up for the lack of winter rainfall. They also slowed down plant development in the early stages.
The summer was consistently hot, but without extreme temperatures or excessive rainfall. September continued fine, with a significant range in diurnal temperatures.
No pathogens compromised the excellent health of the grapes. Bud fruitfulness was within the norm and the good condition of the foliage showed just how well balanced the plants were in this extremely fine year.
By harvest time the grapes were perfect, thanks to the prevailing climatic conditions and the leaf removal which was carried out in early September. Both these factors contributed to optimal ripening of all grapes across our various production zones.

Beginning of the harvest: September 4th
End of the harvest: October 17th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 590 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3580 °C
Evaluation: Outstanding