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.

Appellation: Tuscany Igt
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 50% Merlot and 50% Sangiovese
Alcohol: 13.80 %
Total Acidity: 6.0 grams per liter
Vineyard location: Siepi: 260 m. (853 ft) a.s.l.; south - southwestern exposure
Soil: limestone
Vineyards age: 11 - 23 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 7,600
Harvest: hand picked from September 6th (Merlot) and from September 22nd (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. / 70% new) Sangiovese: 16 months in new small french oak barrels (225 lt./70% new)
Bottling: July 2008
Refining in bottle: 8 months
Available on the market: April 2009
Production: 30,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1,5 l. - 3 l. - 6 l.
First vintage: 1992

Wine Spectator - 95 pts - TUSCAN CLASSIC!
Robert Parker - 92 pts
Gambero Rosso - Tre Bicchieri

Technical sheet


At harvest time the grapes, concentrated and rich in sugars, showed an exceptional level of physiological ripeness. The musts, very elegant, were deeply colored, rich in tannins, and with complex and spicy aromas.
Spring, up until the end of May, was fairly humid and with temperatures slightly below seasonal averages; June and July were dry months, and the weather in July was particularly hot. The final two months of ripening were characterized by notable temperature swings from nighttime to daytime and prolonged periods of very low humidity, both factors which contributed to an exceptional ripening of the grapes both from the physiological and from the analytical point of view. The harvest began with the Merlot grapes during the first ten days of September and concluded between October 10th and 20th with the picking of the estate's Sangiovese.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 367 mm (14.4 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4155°C
Evaluation: Outstanding