Castello di Fonterutoli

Ser Lapo Riserva Privata

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

An exclusive family selection

This important Riserva of Chianti Classico, produced in a limited number of bottles, comes from a selection made directly by the family to celebrate their notable ancestor Ser Lapo, "father" of the "Chianti wine" appellation (December 16th, 1398).
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13.46%
Total acidity: 5.85‰
Vineyards location: altitude: 220 - 350 m. (722 - 1,148 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Medium texture, with loam and limestone
Vineyards age: 10 - 26 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 7.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 25th
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28 °C
Period of maceration: 15 - 18 days
Ageing: 15 months in small french oak barrels
Bottling: December 2016
Available on the market: April 2017
Production: 16000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml
First vintage: 2009
Ageing potential: Over 10 years
Key descriptors: Strong structure, fresh, forest aromas, rich in tannins, strong and elegant
Food pairing: Pasta with game sauces and spices, stews, grilled red meats, aged cheese

Technical sheet


The winter months were characterized by average temperatures, with days well under 0°C degrees; the rainfall during the first 7 months was 35% above the average quantity, especially in July, when several storms led to a particularly high attention on the plant health defense.
The ripening of the grapes processed gradually, taking the right time for a slow and perfect maturation, that facilitates the synthesis of the quality elements with accumulation of the polyphenols. The condition of high temperature range between night and day especially took place in the middle of July and August.
The year was particularly demanding from the agronomic point of view, but the quality of the grapes was definitely pleasing.
Beginning of the harvest: Sept. 26
End of the harvest: Oct.12
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 290 mm (11.4 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3582°C
Evaluation: Good