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, among the best estate parcels. Concentration and complexity make it a wine with an authentic and unique temperament. "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: 14,40% vol.
Total acidity: 6,50‰
Vineyards location: Siepi: 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Alberese
Vineyards age: 12 - 25 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 6,500
Harvest: Hand picked starting from Sept. 16th (Merlot), from October 8th (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28° C
Period of maceration: 14 days (Merlot), 18 days (Sangiovese)
Aging: 18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new)
Bottling: November 2012
Available on the market: 2nd Semester 2013
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

James Suckling - 94 pts
Robert Parker - 95 pts
Vinous - 94 pts
Gambero Rosso - Tre Bicchieri

Technical sheet


The winter period was characterized by temperatures below average with heavy rain and 3 snow storms; spring was cool and wet. From the end of June, the entry of a large area of high pressure brought a long period of sunny and dry weather with peaks of high temperatures in the last week of July which were slightly above the average for the period. The maturation continued throughout the period of September in a very slow and regular manner; the harvest was completed at the end of October (precisely 26/10). The final evaluation is intended to be an exceptional vintage for us, both regarding the quality of the grapes that have a good range of phenolic content and extraction with the potentials of a great vintage for longevity and aging of wines.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 488,0 mm (19.2 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3421,7°C
Evaluation: Outstanding