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).

Appellation: Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,50% vol.
Total acidity: 6,10‰
Vineyards location: altitude: 220 - 510 m. (722 - 1,673 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Limestone
Vineyards age: 10 - 22 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 7,500
Harvest: Hand picked from September 18th
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30° C
Period of maceration: 15 - 18 days
Aging: 15 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 50% new)
Bottling: February 2013
Available on the market: June 2013
Production: 20,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml
First vintage: 2009
Aging 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 had average temperatures and above average rainfall for the period, particularly considering the last 10 years; many days of rain resulted in a regular and prolonged good supply of water in soils. After a regular and uniform germination, the season continued with rains in June, followed by a long period of stability with increasing temperatures (up to 35-38 ° C) and low rainfall, until the first week of September. The climate has led to early ripening of the grapes, with particular effect on Malvasia Nera and Merlot (harvested from 31 August). The harvest ended on October 15, with the last grapes of Sangiovese.
This vintage is very rich in sugars, but associated with a good acidity due to the characteristics of the area and temperature range. On average the tannins are elegant, combined with discrete levels of phenolic ripeness and color, both for intensity and stability over time.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 321,4 mm (12.7 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3741,5°C
Evaluation: Sufficient