Castello di Fonterutoli


Toscana IGT

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

A "cru" made with Sangiovese and Merlot grapes grown on 6 hectares in the Siepi vineyard's best parcel. "One of the 50 wines that changed Italy's wine style" - Gambero Rosso

Appellation: Toscana IGT
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Grape varieties: 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,90% vol.
Total acidity: 5,70‰
Vineyards location: Siepi: 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Alberese
Vineyards age: 11 - 23 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 6,500
Harvest: Hand picked starting from August 30 (Merlot), from September 22 (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: 28 - 30° C
Period of maceration: 14 days (Merlot), 16 days (Sangiovese)
Aging: 16 / 18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new)
Bottling: August 2009
Refining in bottle: 20 months
Available on the market: April 2011
Production: 23,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt
First vintage: 1992
Aging potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Monumentally built, dark chocolate flavors, strong and neverending aftertaste
Food pairing: Flavorful, textured dishes, dark sauces, game, blue cheeses

Wine Spectator - 94 pts
Robert Parker - 94 pts
Vinous - 94 pts
Wine Enthusiast - 95 pts
Gambero Rosso - Due Bicchieri Rossi

Technical sheet


The winter period was characterized by temperatures slightly above average and low rainfall. In June an July there was low rainfall and low relative humidity with temperatures at seasonal averages, the highest reached in the third half of July. The optimal seasonal pattern in the month of August completely eliminated any stripping. The time of veraison was advanced by approximately 8 days. In the next phase between mid-September and October there were optimum conditions, thus bringing the quality of the grapes to excellent levels. In particular, the grapes were characterized by high concentrations of polyphenols and anthocyanins. Tannins in the mouth were especially soft and elegant, with an excellent balance of sugar and acid.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 199,6 mm (7.86 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3630,22°C
Evaluation: Outstanding