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: Vico Regio: 320 m (1,050 ft) a.s.l.; SW exp.
Soil: Very rich in texture, mainly Limestone
Vineyards age: 13 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 6.660 plants
Harvest: Hand picked 2nd October
ermentation temperature: 26 – 28 °C
Period of maceration: 20 days
Ageing: 18 months in french oak barrels (500 lt)
Bottling: March 2017
Available on the market: October 2017
Production: 12,000 bottles
The vintage 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
Evaluation: Very Good / Outstanding
Made from 36 clones of Sangiovese grown on the estate. Extremely elegant with fresh, red berry perfumes and typical Sangiovese notes of Morello cherry, leather and sweet spice. Extraordinarily complex and persistent, with supple tannins, balanced acidity and mineral notes – a wine of great finesse.
Roasted meats, stewed game, aged cheeses, mushroom and truffle dishes.
Ageing Potential: Over 20 years
97 Points, Doctor Wine, Guida Essenziale ai Vini d’Italia 2019
“What a lovely, spicy and fresh-herb edge to this Tuscan red. There’s Thai basil, bay leaf and black pepper, which in turn it complement the aromas of fresh blackcurrants, blueberries and spices. Full-bodied and very tight with bright acidity and fine, firm tannings.”, 94 points James Suckling