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: 14,20 %
Total acidity: 5.4 grams/liter
Location of vineyard: Siepi: 260 m. (853 ft), south - southwestern exposure
Training system: cordon trained, spur pruned
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 6.800
Harvest: hand picked from August 28th (Merlot) and from Septermber 25th (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: 30° C
Period of maceration: Sangiovese: 18 days Merlot: 16 days
Aging: Sangiovese: 16 months in small french oak barrels (228 lt.) Merlot: 16 months in small french oak barrels (228 lt.)
Bottling: June 2002
Production: 30,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1,5 l. - 3 l.


95/100 - "Falstaff" (A)
92/100 - Super Tre Stelle - Guida "I Vini di Veronelli 2003"
92/100 - "The Wine Advocate" (Usa)
90/100 - "Wine Spectator" (Usa)
88/100 Premio "Vino Frutto" - Annuario dei migliori vini italiani 2003 di Luca Maroni
5 Grappoli - AIS "Duemilavini 2003"
3 Bicchieri - Guida del Gambero Rosso "Vini d´Italia 2003"
18/20 Premio "Fuoriclasse" - Guida de L´Espresso "Vini d´Italia 2003"

Technical sheet


After a mild winter, springtime brought moderate but frequent rainfall and temperatures slightly above seasonal averages, thus creating optimal conditions for the growth cycle of the vines .The summer season was cool and humid at the beginning, thus accelerating the grape ripening process. The very high temperatures and dry climate of the last twenty days of August caused the decision to anticipate the beginning of the harvest . Picking continued until the 20th of October, with sunny days and considerable temperature swings between day and night. A careful selection of grapes during harvest due to some differences in ripeness, particularly in the Sangiovese, resulted in smaller overall quantities , though the grapes were nonetheless very concentrated in sugar, physiologically ripe and balanced in acidity.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 295 mm (12 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3367°C
Evaluation: Good