CONCERTO DI FONTERUTOLI
Castello di Fonterutoli
80% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Castello di Fonterutoli 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 since 1435, covering 26 generations. This dynamic family has carefully safeguarded the inherent beauty and rich heritage of Fonterutoli, while implementing measures to ensure cutting-edge quality in the vineyards and cellars.
“Concerto” was developed in 1981 as experimental viticulture was coming into it's own in the region. The Mazzei's worked with alternative training systems and new blends, as well as planted non-autochthonous varietals, such as Cabernet. Concerto became one of the forerunners of the “Super Tuscans” phenomenon.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
Vineyards location are located 1,470-1,800 above sea level, with rocky soil consisting of decomposed limestone and sandstone. Vine age is from 18–33 years. The grapes are hand-picked in September. Fermentation at 78–82°F is followed by 14–18 days of maceration.AGEING
The wine is aged for 18 months in small French oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new), then placed in concrete tanks for a final 4 months. The wine is bottle aged for 6 months before release.TASTING NOTES
Rich and juicy, with notes of underbrush and black berries. This is a powerful and elegant wine.