Castello di Fonterutoli


Toscana IGT

"One of the 50 wines that changed Italy wine style" (Gambero Rosso)

Created from a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot grapes harvested in the Siepi vineyard, situated at an altitude of 260 m. (853 ft.) and benefitting from exceptional climatic and soil conditions. A highly concentrated wine with sweet and dense tannins, it displays a unique and original character that is appreciated by wine lovers throughout the world.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Comune di Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.80 %
Total acidity: 5.70 grams/liter Sangiovese 5.40 grams/liter Merlot
Location of vineyard: Siepi: 260 m. (853 ft), south - southwestern exposure
Training system: Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 3.600 - 6.000
Harvest: Hand-picked from September 25-26 (Sangiovese) from September 12 (Merlot)
Fermentation temperature: 32° C
Period of maceration: 18 days (Sangiovese) 16 days (Merlot)
Aging: Sangiovese: 16 months in 228 liter French oak barrels Merlot: 16 months in 228 liter French oak barrels
Production: 27,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1.5 l. - 3 l.


Sole Veronelli - Veronelli 2000
Higly Recommended - "Decanter 2000" (Uk)
Gold Medal - "International Wine Challenge 2000" (Uk)
93/100 - "Enogea"
92/100 - "Wine Spectator" (Usa)
92/100 - "Falstaff" (Ch)
91/100 - "I Vini di Veronelli 2001"
5/100 - "Dyna Viner" (Svezia)
5 stelle - "Vinum" (Ch)
5 Grappoli - AIS "Duemilavini 2000"
3 Bicchieri - Guida del Gambero Rosso "Vini d´Italia 2000"

Technical sheet


The poor winter rainfall, combined with rather high temperatures during the winter and early spring led to a precocious bud break and other initial phases of the vegetative cycle. The harvest started earlier than usual due to early ripening, but the grapes brought to the cellar were perfectly healthy and of exceptionally fine quality. From the very beginning, the wine appeared to have excellent alcohol levels, total acidity, extract, intensity of colour, and polyphenolic content; but quantity was notably reduced due to the lighter weight of the grapes at harvest and the low yields caused by the spring frosts.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 308 mm (12.5 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3453°C
Evaluation: Outstanding