Castello di Fonterutoli


Poggio Badiola

Toscana IGT

An "every day" Supertuscan

Made from Sangiovese grapes with a little percentage of Merlot, it is characterized by the combination of aroma, softness and a good structure, which makes this wine an extremely modern, pleasant and gratifying beverage.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 75% Sangiovese; 25% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.30 %
Total acidity: 5.3 grams per liter
Location of vineyard: Badiola: 450 m.(1,476 ft.) a.s.l..; west - southwestern exposure Fonterutoli: 450 m. (1,476 ft.) a.s.l.; west - southwestern exposure
Training system: Guyot and spur cordon-training
Harvest: hand picked from September 13th (Sangiovese), from September 3rd (Merlot) and from September 18th Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation temperature: 28° - 30° C
Period of maceration: 12-15 days
Aging: in stainless steel tanks, then in small French and American oak barrels (225 lt./10% new) for 9 months.
Bottling: December 2004
Production: 250,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml., 750 ml., 1.5 l.

AWARDS

86/100 Wine Spectator (USA)
2 Grappoli - Guida AIS "Duemilavini 2006"
13.5/20: Guida de L'Espresso "Vini d'Italia 2006"
1 Stella Rossa "Guida Oro I Vini di Veronelli 2006"

Vintage

Year 2003 was characterised by highly unusual weather conditions, with poor rainfall and low temperature in the winter, followed by higher than average temperatures during the spring and the summer, particularly during the month of August. This led to earlier than usual bud break and to an extremely early ripening and harvest. The picking of the Merlot grapes began exceptionally on August 22 nd and ended on October the 2 nd with the Sangiovese grapes. Despite these unusual weather conditions, the overall quality of the grapes was quite good, also due to constant operations in the vineyard: a “stop and go” harvest of the Sangiovese grapes during the month of September in order to optimise the picking of fully ripe grapes. On the other hand, spring frost caused a 15% drop in yields.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 206 mm (8.1 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3864°C
Evaluation: Mediocre