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: 70% Sangiovese; 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13.20 %
Total acidity: 5.7 grams per 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 15th (Sangiovese), from September 5th (Merlot) and from September 25th (Cabernet Sauvignon).
Fermentation temperature: 30° C
Period of maceration: 12-15 days
Aging: in stainless steel tanks, then in small French and American oak barrels for 12 months.
Bottling: February 2004
Production: 200,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml.

AWARDS

87 punti - Weine der Welt
86/100 - The Wine Advocate
2 Stelle Rosse - "Guida Oro I Vini di Veronelli 2005"
2 Grappoli - Guida AIS "Duemilavini 2005"
14/20 Guida de L´Espresso "Vini d´Italia 2005"

Vintage

The weather during the winter months was normal for this period, while a dry Spring and early summer, with temperatures slightly above average, led to a slight anticipation of the first phases of the vegetative cycle: bud break, flowering, and bud set.
Summer was characterized by lower than usual temperatures and persistent rainfall, both factors which led to delays in ripening.
Picking began with the Merlot grapes on September 9 th and was characterized by occasional delays, suspension of the harvest, and repeated sweeps through the vineyards to select grapes with the maximum care and attention. The harvest itself terminated on October 15 th .
This extremely selective harvest led to a significant loss of production, but with an overall quality level notably higher than expected.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 521 mm (20.5 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3385°C
Evaluation: Mediocre