Gran Selezione

Castello di Fonterutoli

APPELLATION

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

GRAPE VARIETIES

92% Sangiovese, 8% Malvasia Nera and Colorino

WINEMAKERS

Lapo Mazzei
Francesco Mazzei
Filippo Mazzei

TECHNICAL DATA

Alcohol
13.70%

2012

90POINTS

Wine Spectator
OCTOBER 2016
2012

91POINTS

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
OCTOBER 2015
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

Grapes hand-picked starting from September 25th and fermented between 26 and 28°C. Maceration lasted between 15 and 18 days.

AGING

Aged for 20 months in small French oak barrels.

TASTING NOTES

Great structure, complex dried flowers bouquet, very rich and persistent. Perfect match for savory dishes, game, stews, truffles, and aged cheeses.

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