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: 30% Sangiovese, 70% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.10 %
Total acidity: 5.9 grams per liter
Location of vineyard: Siepi: 260 m. (853 ft), south - southwestern exposure
Training system: cordon trained, spur pruned
Harvest: hand picked from September 19th (Merlot) and from Septermber 29th (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: 30° C
Period of maceration: Sangiovese: 14 days Merlot: 14 days
Aging: Sangiovese: 16 months in small french oak barrels (228 lt.) Merlot: 18 months in small french oak barrels (228 lt.)
Bottling: June 2004
Production: 15,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1,5 l.


91/100 - Gerard Eichelmann's Mondo Luglio 2005
90/100 - "Annuario dei Migliori Vini 2005" di Luca Maroni
89 pts - The Wine Advocate
4 Grappoli - Guida AIS "Duemilavini 2005"
3 Stelle Rosse - "Guida Oro i Vini di Veronelli 2005"
2 Bicchieri Rossi - "Guida Gambero Rosso Vini d´Italia 2005"
15/20 - Guida de L´Espresso "Vini d´Italia 2005"

Technical sheet


The weather during the winter months was normal for this period, while a dry Spring and early summer, with temperatures slightly above average, led to a slight anticipation of the first phases of the vegetative cycle: bud break, flowering, and bud set.
Summer was characterized by lower than usual temperatures and persistent rainfall, both factors which led to delays in ripening.
Picking began with the Merlot grapes on September 9 th and was characterized by occasional delays, suspension of the harvest, and repeated sweeps through the vineyards to select grapes with the maximum care and attention. The harvest itself terminated on October 15 th .
This extremely selective harvest led to a significant loss of production, but with an overall quality level notably higher than expected.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 521 mm (20.5 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3385°C
Evaluation: Mediocre