Castello di Fonterutoli


Toscana IGT

"One of the 50 wines that changed Italy wine style" (Gambero Rosso)

"Cru" produced by Sangiovese and Merlot grapes grown in the 6 hectares core parcel of the Siepi vineyard, situated at an altitude of 260 m. (853 ft. ).Concentration and complexity make it a wine with an authentic and unique temperament.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 50% Merlot e 50% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 14,50 % vol.
Total acidity: 5,80 ‰
Location of vineyard: Siepi: 260 m. (853 ft) a.s.l.; south - southwestern exposure
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 7.600 plants
Harvest: hand picked from September 13th (Merlot) and from October 7th (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: July 2006
Production: 30.000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1,5 l. - 3 l.


Super Tre Stelle - "I Vini di Veronelli" 2008
Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani - Luca Maroni
94/100 - Wine Spectator (USA)
94/100 - Wine Enthusiast (USA)
94/100 - Falstaff (Austria)
91/100 - The Wine Advocate (USA)
5 grappoli - Guida Duemilavini A.I.S.
95/100 - The Tasting Panel (USA)

Technical sheet


Year 2004 was characterized by normal weather conditions during winter and spring, with both temperatures and rainfall well within the seasonal average. Summer was instead characterized by unusual weather: abundant rainfall and cool temperature contributed to a delaied ripening process. Temperatures begun to rise again after the middle of September and remained warm during the entire month of October, this led to exceptionally positive physiological ripening of the grapes in the various parts of the zone and allow to delay the beginning of the harvest, which started on September 13th with the Merlot; the Sangiovese harvest, instead, began on October 5th and the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 19th.
The overall quality of the grapes was very good indeed, with concentrated and elegant musts, intense in color and rich in polyphenols with supple and velvety tannins.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 284,2mm (11.1 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3520,6°C
Evaluation: Outstanding