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.
Vineyards location: 5 different vineyard sites, altitude: 220 – 550 m. (722 – 1,804 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Very rich in texture, mainly Limestone
Vineyards age: 12 – 30 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 – 7.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 18th
Fermentation temperature: 26-28°C
Period of maceration: 16-18 days
Ageing: 12 months in french oak barrels (225 and 500 lt / 40% new)
Bottling: January 2019
A deep ruby/garnet colour. Vivid nose of dark berries, fresh spices with hints of tobacco and . A rounded structure with ripe tannins, refreshing mouthfeel and long, perfumed finish with a touch of spice.
Serve with cold cuts, hearty pasta dishes and pepperoni pizza! This is the ideal BBQ pour!
Ageing potential 15 years
James Suckling: 92 POINTS
June 17, 2019
“Big and fruity Chianti Classico with lots of cherry and orange-peel character. Full-bodied, soft and savory. Freshness runs through it as well. Love the fruit at the end. Drink now.”
Chianti Classico DOCG
10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot