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: 13.90 %
Total acidity: 5.50 grams/liter
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 7 to September12 (Merlot) and from September 27 to October 10 (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: 32° C
Period of maceration: 18 days (Sangiovese) 19 days (Merlot)
Aging: Sangiovese: 16 months in 228 liter French oak barrels Merlot: 16 months in 228 liter French oak barrels
Bottling: May 2000
Production: 26,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1.5 l.


93/100 - "Wine Spectator" (Usa)
91/100 Tre Stelle Rosse - Guida "I Vini di Veronelli 2001"
91/100 - "International Wine Cellar" (Usa)
90/100 - "Falstaff" (Ch)
88/100 - "Enogea"
3 Bicchieri - Guida del Gambero Rosso "Vini d´Italia 2001"

Technical sheet


The 1998 vintage was affected by very peculiar climatic conditions: a mild winter, with low temperatures only toward the last part, and a spring with average temperatures but intense rainfall, which contributed to a good accumulation of water reserves in the soil. The summer was somewhat of an exception, characterized as it was by the absence of rainfall and elevated day and nighttime temperatures during an extended period. Grape ripening was rather irregular at the end of August, but became more uniform during the month of September thanks to the effects of some rainfall and, most of all, lower nighttime temperatures. The result was a range of wines with very balanced color and fruitiness.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 332 mm (13 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3528°C
Evaluation: Good