Castello di Fonterutoli


Poggio Badiola

Toscana IGT

An "every day" Supertuscan

Produced with Sangiovese and Merlot grapes, taken from the highest altitude vineyards bearing the same name, it boasts excellent structure and smoothness. A wine with a great personality and versatile at the same time.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 75% Sangiovese; 25% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,10% vol.
Total acidity: 5,50 ‰
Location of vineyard: Badiola: 480 m.(1,476 ft.) a.s.l..; west - southwestern exposure
Training system: Guyot and spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5.800 - 6.500 plants
Harvest: hand picked from September 21st (Sangiovese), from September 12th (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: December 2006
Production: 280.000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1.5 l
First vintage: 1994

AWARDS

86/100 - Wine Spectator (USA)


Vintage

Regular weather conditions prevailed during the winter. The spring, instead, suffered through a significant lowering of temperatures. June and July were generally characterized by lower than average rainfall and by higher than average temperatures which led to a slight anticipation of the ripening phase.
Rainfall was notably high during August and September. The rigorous and extensive work in the vineyards, in addition to an improvement of the weather during the last week of September, assisted the final ripening phases of the grapes.
Siepi's Merlot were first grapes to be harvested, on September the 9 th ; the picking of the Sangiovese, instead, did not begin until September 24th and that of the Cabernet Sauvignon until October 14th . Harvesting operations concluded on October 22 nd .
Overall quality greatly benefited from the important day to nighttime temperatures swings which continued during the entire harvest period. The grapes – both on the vine and in the cellar – showed a notable color concentration and much aromatic elegance.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 594,7mm (11.1 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3985°C
Evaluation: Very Good