Castello di Fonterutoli


Poggio Badiola

Toscana IGT

An "every day" Supertuscan

Our "entry level" wine, It is the final result of the selection of its two "big brothers", Castello Fonterutoli and Fonterutoli.

Appellation: Toscana IGT
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Grape varieties: 70% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,35% vol.
Total acidity: 5,70‰
Vineyards location: 5 different vineyard sites, altitude: 220 - 510 m. (722 - 1,673 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Rocky - coming from decomposed limestone and sandstone
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 7,500
Harvest: Hand picked from September 8th (Sangiovese), from August 31st (Merlot)
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28° C
Period of maceration: 12 - 15 days
Aging: In stainless steel tanks, then in small oak barrels (225 lt) for 9 months
Bottling: August 2012
Available on the market: September 2012
Production: 260.000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt
First vintage: 1994
Key descriptors: Youthful body, fresh red berry flavors, vibrantly bright taste
Food pairing: Fresh cold cuts, tomato based pastas, pizza, oven roasted fish, sashimi, tempuras

SCORES
James suckling - 90 pts

Technical sheet

Vintage

Perfect performance until the end of July / first week of August, given the high rainfall during the winter / spring which created excellent water reserves in the soil; the most critical moment was the middle of August to first week of September due to two extreme heat waves. Two providential rainfalls on July 27 and early September allowed the vines to resume their activities of synthesis of metabolites in the berries; further help came after the first week of September, by the sudden lowering of temperature in the evenings thus creating a greater temperature range.
The quality of the grapes from a health point of view was exceptional, given the almost total absence of rot. From the analytical and taste point of view, the grapes were very rich in sugars, but with great differences in the maturation and quality of the grapes is the diversity of "micro-terroirs".
Beginning of the harvest: Aug.25
End of the harvest: Sep.30
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 181 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3692°C
Evaluation: Good