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: 70% Sangiovese; 30% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,50% vol.
Total acidity: 5,60 ‰
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 28th (Sangiovese), from September 16th (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 2007
Production: 280.000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1.5 l
First vintage: 1994


87/100 & "Best Buy" - Wine & Spirits (USA)
87/100 - The Wine Advocate (USA)


At harvest time the grapes, concentrated and rich in sugars, showed an exceptional level of physiological ripeness. The musts, very elegant, were deeply colored, rich in tannins, and with complex and spicy aromas.
Spring, up until the end of May, was fairly humid and with temperatures slightly below seasonal averages; June and July were dry months, and the weather in July was particularly hot. The final two months of ripening were characterized by notable temperature swings from nighttime to daytime and prolonged periods of very low humidity, both factors which contributed to an exceptional ripening of the grapes both from the physiological and from the analytical point of view. The harvest began with the Merlot grapes during the first ten days of September and concluded between October 10th and 20th with the picking of the estate's Sangiovese.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 367 mm (14.4 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4155°C
Evaluation: Outstanding