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: 14,50% vol.
Total acidity: 6,50‰
Vineyards location: Siepi: 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Alberese
Vineyards age: 13 - 26 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 6,500
Harvest: Hand picked starting from Aug. 26th (Merlot), from September 21th (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: June 2013
Available on the market: February 2014
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

Robert Parker - 94 pts
James Suckling - 93 pts
Gambero Rosso - Tre Bicchieri

Technical sheet


Perfect performance until the end of July / first week of August, given the high rainfall during the winter / spring which created excellent water reserves in the soil; the most critical moment was the middle of August to first week of September due to two extreme heat waves. Two providential rainfalls on July 27 and early September allowed the vines to resume their activities of synthesis of metabolites in the berries; further help came after the first week of September, by the sudden lowering of temperature in the evenings thus creating a greater temperature range.
The quality of the grapes from a health point of view was exceptional, given the almost total absence of rot. From the analytical and taste point of view, the grapes were very rich in sugars, but with great differences in the maturation and quality of the grapes is the diversity of "micro-terroirs".
Beginning of the harvest: Aug.25
End of the harvest: Sep.30
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 181 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3692°C
Evaluation: Good