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: 10 – 30 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
No. of vines per hectare: 4.500 – 7.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 7th
Fermentation temperature: 26 – 28° C °C
Period of maceration: 16 – 18 giorni days
Ageing: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225 and 500 lt / 40% new)
Bottling: February 2017
2015 was characterized by a rainy winter which resulted in a good supply of water. A mild spring and an hot summer.
Some rainfall in late July and after mid August led to a drop in temperatures, which have established the ideal conditions for the good ripening of the grapes with the accumulation of aromatic substances and polyphenol, ideal to produce a balanced wine, rich in structure, with complex aromas and long aging potential.
Beginning of the harvest: 7/09
End of the harvest: 8/10
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 228mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3739°C
A deep ruby/garnet colour. Perfumed nose of black cherry, bramble and spice with hints of tobacco. A rounded structure with ripe tannins, integrated acidity and a touch of spice on the long finish.
Serve with cold cuts, hearty pasta dishes and pepperoni pizza! This is the ideal BBQ pour!
Ageing potential 10 years plus
“A pure streak of raspberry and peony marks this elegant red, with accents of black pepper, earth, graphite and tobacco. Firm, stretching out on the finish, showing echoes of fruit, earth and mineral. Best from 2019 through 2033.”, 93 points Bruce Sanderson – Wine Spectator
“A dense and fruity red with dark berry and dark chocolate character. Hints of walnuts. Full body. Structure. Polished and chewy. Lovely. Very well done. Needs a year or two to open.” 93 points, James Suckling (October 2017)
Chianti Classico DOCG
10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot