Castello di Fonterutoli


Poggio Badiola

Toscana IGT

An "every day" Supertuscan

Fonterutoli's "petit vin", made primarily from Sangiovese grapes with a little percentage of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. 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: 80% Sangiovese; 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
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: spurred cordon
Harvest: hand picked from October 7th to 16th
Fermentation temperature: 32° C
Period of maceration: 15 days
Aging: in stainless steel tanks, then in small French and American oak barrels for 9 months.
Bottling: October 2002
Production: 250,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml.

AWARDS

86/100 (Best Value) - "Wine Spectator" (Usa)
3 Grappoli - Guida AIS "Duemilavini 2004"
2 Bicchieri - Guida del Gambero Rosso "Vini d´Italia 2003"
15/20 - Guida de L´Espresso "Vini d´Italia 2004"

Vintage

The winter was characterized by above average temperatures and normal rainfall. Spring was dominated by abundant precipitation and mild temperatures except for the last twenty days of April, which were marked by occasional frosts which affected the subsequent phases of the growing season and reduced overall production. Rainfall continued up to the month of July, after which a dry and very hot period followed up to mid-September. After an unstable three week period, a high-pressure system brought back sun and warm temperatures. The grapes were in extremely healthy condition at the time of picking despite the somewhat heavy precipitation of late September and early October, but with smaller quantities due to the spring frost and the hot summer period.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 293 mm (12 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3318°C
Evaluation: Outstanding