Castello di Fonterutoli


Poggio Badiola

Toscana IGT

An "every day" Supertuscan

Fonterutoli's petit vin, made primarily from Sangiovese grapes. The combination of aroma, softness and a good structure makes this wine an extremely modern, pleasant and gratifying beverage.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Comune di Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 12.50 %
Total acidity: 5.50 grams/liter
Location of vineyard: Badiola: 450 m.(1,476 ft.), west - southwestern exposure Fonterutoli: 450 m. (1,476 ft.), west - southwestern exposure
Training system: cordon trained, spur pruned
Harvest: Hand-picked from September 27 (Sangiovese), from September 20 (Cabernet Sauvignon) and from September 15 (Merlot)
Fermentation temperature: 30° C
Period of maceration: 15 days Sangiovese 15 days Cabernet Sauvignon e Merlot
Aging: 5 months in small oak barrels
Bottling: june 2000
Production: 150,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml.

AWARDS

88/100 - "The Wine Advocate" (Usa)
82/100 "Wine Spectator" (Usa)

Vintage

The poor winter rainfall, combined with rather high temperatures during the winter and early spring led to a precocious bud break and other initial phases of the vegetative cycle. The harvest started earlier than usual due to early ripening, but the grapes brought to the cellar were perfectly healthy and of exceptionally fine quality. From the very beginning, the wine appeared to have excellent alcohol levels, total acidity, extract, intensity of colour, and polyphenolic content; but quantity was notably reduced due to the lighter weight of the grapes at harvest and the low yields caused by the spring frosts.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 308 mm (12.5 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3453°C
Evaluation: Outstanding