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: 14,30 % vol.
Total acidity: 6,40 ‰
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 8th (Merlot) and from September 21st (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./70% new)
Bottling: July 2007
Production: 30.000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1,5 l. - 3 l.


3 Bicchieri - "Gambero Rosso Guida Vini d´Italia"
92/100 & "Year's Best" - Wine & Spirits (USA)
92/100 - Wine Spectator (USA)
89/100 - The Wine Advocate (USA)

Technical sheet


Regular weather conditions prevailed during the winter. The spring, instead, suffered through a significant lowering of temperatures. June and July were generally characterized by lower than average rainfall and by higher than average temperatures which led to a slight anticipation of the ripening phase.
Rainfall was notably high during August and September. The rigorous and extensive work in the vineyards, in addition to an improvement of the weather during the last week of September, assisted the final ripening phases of the grapes.
Siepi's Merlot were first grapes to be harvested, on September the 9 th ; the picking of the Sangiovese, instead, did not begin until September 24th and that of the Cabernet Sauvignon until October 14th . Harvesting operations concluded on October 22 nd .
Overall quality greatly benefited from the important day to nighttime temperatures swings which continued during the entire harvest period. The grapes – both on the vine and in the cellar – showed a notable color concentration and much aromatic elegance.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 594,7mm (11.1 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3985°C
Evaluation: Very Good