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: 13.90 %
Total acidity: 5.5 grams/liter
Location of vineyard: Siepi: 260 m. (853 ft), south - southwestern exposure
Training system: cordon trained, spur pruned
Harvest: hand picked from September 9th (Merlot) and from Septermber 22th (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: 30° C
Period of maceration: Sangiovese: 16 days Merlot: 14 days
Aging: Sangiovese: 16 months in small french oak barrels (228 lt.) Merlot: 16 months in small french oak barrels (228 lt.)
Bottling: June 2003
Production: 30,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1,5 l. - 3 l.


95 punti - Weine der Welt
93 punti - The Wine Advocate
92/100 - "Wine Spectator" (Usa)
88/100 - "Annuario dei migliori vini 2004" di Luca Maroni
5 Grappoli - Guida AIS "Duemilavini 2004"
3 Bicchieri - Guida Gambero Rosso "Vini d´Italia 2004"
18/20 - Guida de L´Espresso "vini d´Italia 2004"
17/20 - "Gourmet" (Scandinavia)

Technical sheet


The winter was characterized by above average temperatures and normal rainfall. Spring was dominated by abundant precipitation and mild temperatures except for the last twenty days of April, which were marked by occasional frosts which affected the subsequent phases of the growing season and reduced overall production. Rainfall continued up to the month of July, after which a dry and very hot period followed up to mid-September. After an unstable three week period, a high-pressure system brought back sun and warm temperatures. The grapes were in extremely healthy condition at the time of picking despite the somewhat heavy precipitation of late September and early October, but with smaller quantities due to the spring frost and the hot summer period.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 293 mm (12 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3318°C
Evaluation: Outstanding