Castello di Fonterutoli


Poggio Badiola

Toscana IGT

An "every day" Supertuscan

Made from Sangiovese grapes with a little percentage of Merlot, this wine, aged for approximately 9 months in oak barrels, combines structure, softness and much character.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Comune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 75% Sangiovese; 25% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.40 %
Total acidity: 5.60 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 October 11th (Sangiovese), from September 25th (Merlot)
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: October 2005
Production: 280,000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1.5 l
First vintage: 1994

AWARDS

89/100 - Wine Enthusiast (USA)
87/100 & "Top Value" - Wine Spectator (USA)
3 Grappoli - Duemilavini A.I.S.


Vintage

Year 2004 was characterized by normal weather conditions during winter and spring, with both temperatures and rainfall well within the seasonal average. Summer was instead characterized by unusual weather: abundant rainfall and cool temperature contributed to a delaied ripening process. Temperatures begun to rise again after the middle of September and remained warm during the entire month of October, this led to exceptionally positive physiological ripening of the grapes in the various parts of the zone and allow to delay the beginning of the harvest, which started on September 13th with the Merlot; the Sangiovese harvest, instead, began on October 5th and the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 19th.
The overall quality of the grapes was very good indeed, with concentrated and elegant musts, intense in color and rich in polyphenols with supple and velvety tannins.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 284,2mm (11.1 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3520,6°C
Evaluation: Outstanding