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 - 25 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 7.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 6th
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28 °C
Period of maceration: 15 - 18 days
Ageing: 15 months in small french oak barrels
Bottling: October 2015
Available on the market: April 2016
Production: 13000 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

Vintage

Anomalous weather during the winter period, where there were very few precipitations with a snowfall in February. The months of June, July and August have been characterized by an almost total absence of rain, with temperatures above the seasonal average. A decisive change in weather in the last week of August and the first seven days of September gave a positive turn to the season; there were a significant drop in temperatures for both minimum and maximum temperatures, allowing the plants to resume "work" in an optimal manner and consequently arrive to the ripening of the grapes in very good conditions. The grapes have not had any problems and have arrived to the cellar in optimum conditions. This vintage from a quantitative point of view, gave us a reduction of about 25% -30% of the grapes compared to the previous years. The agronomical judgment on the vintage is on average good, with peaks of excellence for some of the Sangiovese grapes.
Beginning of the harvest: Aug.29
End of the harvest: Oct.10
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 369,8 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3723°C
Evaluation: Very good