CASTELLO DI FONTERUTOLI

Castello di Fonterutoli

GRAPE VARIETIES

92% Sangiovese, 8% Malvasia Nera and Colorino

WINEMAKERS

Lapo Mazzei
Francesco Mazzei
Filippo Mazzei

TECHNICAL DATA

Alcohol
14.4%

BACKGROUND

Castello di Fonterutoli, source of some of Italy’s most prestigious wines, is an historic property embracing an entire tranquil, centuries-old hamlet just south of Castellina in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico. The estate has been in the hands of the Mazzei family for 26 generations. The Mazzei’s have been producing wine at Castello di Fonterutoli since 1435. This dynamic family has carefully safeguarded the inherent beauty and rich heritage of Fonterutoli, while simultaneously implementing measures to ensure cutting-edge quality in the vineyards and cellars.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

The Mazzei’s believe the name “Fonterutoli” derives from Latin origin, ‘Fons Rutolae’ or ‘Fons Rutilant,’ meaning clear spring. The area was chosen by the Etruscans to build villages near the water springs. An incredibly diverse area, Fonterutoli covers five main vineyard sites of different terroirs: Fonterutoli, Siepi, Le Ripe, Caggio and Belvedere.

Sangiovese finds itself particularly at home in these areas, which are planted at altitudes varying between 750 and 1,800 feet above sea level, at south and southwest exposure. The rocky limestone and sandstone soil structure, high density planting ( avg. 7,000 plants per hectare) and low yields of less than 40 hectoliters per hectare result in the production of complex, elegant and powerful wines.

WINEMAKING

The grapes come from 50 different parcels, in which 36 biotypes of Sangiovese are planted. The vineyards have alberese and galestro (limestone) soils, are high altitude (722 - 1,804 ft a.s.l.) and are 10 - 25 years in age. The hand-harvested grapes undergo separate temperature-controlled fermentations in stainless steel micro fermenters. The total maceration time is 15-18 days.

AGING

The wine is aged for 20 months in small French oak barrels (225 and 500 liter – 60% new).

TASTING NOTES

Deep ruby red in color. On the nose, complex aromas with notes of wild flowers, fresh black cherries, licorice, and a hint of vanilla. Well-structured palate, with fine tannins, firm acidity and a smooth, elegant finish.

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