Violet, cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors are pure, meshing seamlessly with the silky texture. Harmonious and approachable now, with fine length, but the light dusting of tannins on the finish suggests this will develop nicely as well. Drink now through 2020.
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Fonterutoli, Castello di
Chianti Classico DOCG
Grape Varieties90% Sangiovese; 5% Merlot, 3% Malvasia Nera; 2% Colorino
AppellationChianti Classico DOCG
DescriptionCastello di Fonterutoli, one of Italy's most prestigious wine producers, is situated on a historic property embracing an entire tranquil, centuries-old hamlet just south of Castellina in Chianti. The estate has been in the hands of the Mazzei family since 1435 and is today led by Lapo Mazzei and his sons, Francesco and Filippo. 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.The spectacular Fonterutoli property today comprises 470 hectares, of which 79 hectares are devoted to four distinct vineyard sites: Fonterutoli, Siepi, Badiola and Belvedere. The Sangiovese grape finds itself particularly at home in these four areas, which are planted at altitudes varying between 750 and 1,640 feet above sea level, at south and southwest exposure. The rocky limestone and sandstone soil structure, high density planting (7,000 plants per hectare) and low yields of less than 40 hectoliters per hectare result in the production of complex, elegant and powerful Sangiovese wines.
VinificationThe grapes are hand harvested in September and undergo temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 75-84°F for 7-14 days and macerate up to 10 days at 68-75°F. The wine ages 12 months in small French oak barriques (50% new).
ColorRuby red with violet nuances
NoseBright aromas of fresh cherries mingle with notes of thyme and subtle smoky nuances.
PalateComplex and elegant, with flavors of ripe red fruits and a pleasant acidity. Fine and well balanced, with a lengthy finish.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.75 %pH: 3.49RS: (g/L): 2.88TA: (g/L): 5.8