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 charcater.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Comune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 50% Merlot and 50% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 14.20 %
Total acidity: 5.6 grams per liter
Location of vineyard: Siepi: 260 m. (853 ft) a.s.l.; south - southwestern exposure
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Harvest: hand picked from August 22nd (Merlot) and from Septermber 3rd (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30° C
Period of maceration: Merlot: 14 days; Sangiovese: 16 days
Aging: Merlot: 18 months in new small french oak barrels (225 lt. / 100% new) Sangiovese: 16 months in new small french oak barrels (225 lt./100% new)
Bottling: June 2005
Production: 25,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1,5 l. - 3 l. - 5 l.


93/100 - Wine Spectator (USA)
93/100 - Wine Enthusiast (USA)
91/100 - Falstaff (Austria)
88/100 - The Wine Advocate (USA)
5 Grappoli - Guida A.I.S. "Duemilavini 2006"
3 Stelle Rosse - "Guida Oro I Vini di Veronelli 2006"
3 Bicchieri - "Gambero Rosso Guida Vini d´Italia 2006"
15/20 - Guida de L'Espresso "Vini d'Italia 2006"

Technical sheet


Year 2003 was characterised by highly unusual weather conditions, with poor rainfall and low temperature in the winter, followed by higher than average temperatures during the spring and the summer, particularly during the month of August. This led to earlier than usual bud break and to an extremely early ripening and harvest. The picking of the Merlot grapes began exceptionally on August 22 nd and ended on October the 2 nd with the Sangiovese grapes. Despite these unusual weather conditions, the overall quality of the grapes was quite good, also due to constant operations in the vineyard: a “stop and go” harvest of the Sangiovese grapes during the month of September in order to optimise the picking of fully ripe grapes. On the other hand, spring frost caused a 15% drop in yields.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 206 mm (8.1 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3864°C
Evaluation: Mediocre