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: 14,30% vol.
Total acidity: 5,60‰
Vineyards location: Siepi: 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Alberese
Vineyards age: 12 - 243 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 6,500
Harvest: Hand picked starting from September 3 (Merlot), from September 26 (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: October 2010
Refining in bottle: 18 months
Available on the market: April 2012
Production: 20,000 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 - 93 pts
James Suckling - 93 pts
Robert Parker - 92 pts
Vinous - 92 pts
Wine Enthusiast - 93 pts
Gambero Rosso - Tre Bicchieri

Technical sheet


The year 2008 was characterized by a winter period of low rainfall and temperatures slightly above average. Spring was due to a very difficult period with frequent rains and temperatures slightly above average from May trough mid-June. Specifically, in the first twenty days of June fell almost 150 mm of rain. The end of June marked an improvement in weather conditions with little precipitation in the month of July and peaks of 37°C reached in the last week of that month. The veraison occurred in the first week of August, which it within company compliance. The months of August and September were characterized by low rainfall (40 mm total)concentrated mainly in two storms, one in mid-August and the other in mid September. This trend fostered a perfect ripening of the grapes, avoiding arrest of maturation due to water stress in the plants. The beginning of the harvest took place on September 12 and ended on October 18. On September 9 and 10 there were substantial temperature fluctuations between day and night, critical for the accumulation of color and the synthesis of aromatic substances.
rainfall Apr.-Sept.: 312,8
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 312,8 mm (12.3 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3535,96°C
Evaluation: Good / Very good