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 - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,70 %
Total acidity: 5.4 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 7th to 12th (Merlot) and from Septermber 27th to October 10th (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: 30° C
Period of maceration: 18 days (Sangiovese) 21 days (Merlot)
Aging: Sangiovese: 16 months in 228 liter French oak barrels Merlot: 16 months in 228 liter French oak barrels
Bottling: May 2001
Production: 32,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1,5 l. - 3 l.


94/100 - "Falstaff" (Ch)
93/100 - Super Tre Stelle - Guida "I Vini di Veronelli 2002"
90/100 - "The Wine Advocate" (Usa)
88/100 - "Enogea"
86/100 - "Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2002" di Luca Maroni
5 Grappoli - AIS "Duemilavini 2002"
3 Bicchieri - Guida del Gambero Rosso "Vini d´Italia 2002"
16/20 - Guida de L´Espresso "I Vini d´Italia 2002"

Technical sheet


Winter was characterized by cold and dry days, while spring brought light but frequent rainfall. The progressively higher temperature which marked a hotter than average month of May led to an acceleration of approximately fifteen days in the vegetative cycle of the vines. This optimal seasonal trend was complemented by a dry and not excessively hot summer, accompanied by a mild harvest period with good temperature variation between day and nighttime. The result was a perfect and uniform ripening, with grapes which, at harvest, showed exceptional concentration levels, good acidity, and high levels of polyphenols.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 233 mm (9.5 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3495°C
Evaluation: Outstanding