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 - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 94% Sangiovese; 3% Cabernet Sauvignon; 3% Merlot
Alcohol: 13 %
Total acidity: 5.5 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 1 to 15
Fermentation temperature: 32° C
Period of maceration: 17 days
Aging: in stainless steel tanks, then in small American oak barrels for six months.
Bottling: June 2001
Production: 250,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml.

AWARDS


86/100 - "The Wine Advocate" (Usa)
84/100 - "Wine Spectator" (Usa)
3 Grappoli - AIS "Duemilavini 2002"
2 Bicchieri - Guida del Gambero Rosso "Vini d´Italia 2002"
14/20 - Guida de L´Espresso "I V

Vintage

After a mild winter, springtime brought moderate but frequent rainfall and temperatures slightly above seasonal averages, thus creating optimal conditions for the growth cycle of the vines .The summer season was cool and humid at the beginning, thus accelerating the grape ripening process. The very high temperatures and dry climate of the last twenty days of August caused the decision to anticipate the beginning of the harvest . Picking continued until the 20th of October, with sunny days and considerable temperature swings between day and night. A careful selection of grapes during harvest due to some differences in ripeness, particularly in the Sangiovese, resulted in smaller overall quantities , though the grapes were nonetheless very concentrated in sugar, physiologically ripe and balanced in acidity.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 295 mm (12 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3367°C
Evaluation: Good