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 October 5 (Sangiovese), from October 5 (Cabernet Sauvignon) and from September 20 (Merlot)
Fermentation temperature: 33° C
Period of maceration: 15 days
Aging: 5 months in small oak barrels
Bottling: June 2000
Production: 200,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml.

AWARDS

85/100 - "Dyna Viner" (Svezia)
83/100 - "Wine Spectator" (Usa)
83/100 - "Wine Enthusiast" (Usa)

Vintage

The 1998 vintage was affected by very peculiar climatic conditions: a mild winter, with low temperatures only toward the last part, and a spring with average temperatures but intense rainfall, which contributed to a good accumulation of water reserves in the soil. The summer was somewhat of an exception, characterized as it was by the absence of rainfall and elevated day and nighttime temperatures during an extended period. Grape ripening was rather irregular at the end of August, but became more uniform during the month of September thanks to the effects of some rainfall and, most of all, lower nighttime temperatures. The result was a range of wines with very balanced color and fruitiness.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 332 mm (13 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3528°C
Evaluation: Good