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: 13.21%
Total acidity: 5.40‰
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 29th (Sangiovese), from September 24th (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 2019
Available on the market: March 2020
Production: 260000 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 2018 vintage was characterised by a dynamic winter, with northern currents in December and February and a mild climate in January, with abundant rainfall, both of snow and rain, which offset the serious water deficit of the previous years. Spring brought about temperatures above the seasonal average together with abundant rainfall. The budding was early but showed no problems.
From 10 June on, temperatures started to rise again and, in the Chianti Classico area, the summer was good with uniform rainfall. July and August were as usual, while September was marked by a series of sunny days with a large temperature range between day and night, which allowed the grapes to reach the correct phenolic and aromatic ripeness. In short, this harvest was very satisfying harvest from a quantitative and, especially, a qualitative point of view.

Beginning of the harvest: September 12th
End of the harvest: October 8th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 491 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3666 °C
Evaluation: Very good