Fonterutoli is located 5 km south of Castellina in Chianti (Siena), on the hills facing the Val d’Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti Classico. Owned by the Mazzei family since 1435, it still retains its original form, that of a tranquil country village: a cluster of houses, the church of San Miniato and the villa, built at the end of the 1500s where the medieval castle once stood. Today, the estate comprises 117 hectares of vineyard, largely planted with Sangiovese with some Merlot, Colorino, Malvasia Nera and Cabernet Sauvignon vines also planted. The cellar at Fonterutoli, designed by architect, Agnesi Mazzei, is one of the most impressive in the region, and has a minimal impact on the environment.
Plots: i) Fonterutoli: 450-550 m (1,470-1,800 ft) a.s.l. ii) Siepi: 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Rocky – from decomposed limestone and sandstone
Age of vines: 15 – 30 years old
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
No of vines per hectare: 5,600 – 7,500
Harvest by hand: October 9th, start date
Blend: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation temperature: 26 – 28° C
Period of maceration: 14 – 18 days
Ageing: 12 months in small French oak barrels (225 and 500 litre / 40% new)
Bottling: February 2016
Production: 14,500 bottles
First vintage: 1981 Ageing potential: Over 20 years
Tuscany experienced an excellent growing season in 2013 despite a wet spring. Cool weather in August further slowed the growth of the vines. A long, slow ripening maintained good acidity levels and promoted phenolic maturation without excessive sugar levels.
Serve with Spiced dishes, stewed game and aged cheeses
Ageing potential 20 years plus
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
“This wine was bon in 1981 (as one of the first so-called super Tuscan wines), although it is never featured prominently among the other protagonists in the wide portfolio offered by the Mazzei family. The 2013 Concero di Fonterutoli is a Toscan IGT blend of 80% Sangiovese abd 20% Cabernet Sauvignon that is aged in French oak for 18 months. The results are beautiful and shapely with dark layers of blackberry, spice, tobacco and sandstone soils.”, 94 points Monica Larner
20% Cabernet Sauvignon