Castello di Fonterutoli, Philip Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Castello di Fonterutoli

2012
Toscana IGT
This wine is dedicated to Philip Mazzei (1730-1816), an illustrious ancestor of the family's, passionate grape grower, political thinker, and "citizen of the world". Made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon selected from all the Mazzei’s estates, Philip is the quintessence of Tuscany. It embodies the “New World” spirit of Tuscan winemaking, best represents the “revolutionary” character of Philip Mazzei, and expresses our desire to pursue happiness. Appellation: Toscana IGT Vineyards location: Fonterutoli - Castellina in Chianti (SI), Belguardo - Montebottigli (GR) Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol: 13,50% vol. Total acidity: 5,80‰ Vineyards altitude: 50 - 310 mt (165 - 1,020 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp. Soil: Miscellaneous Vineyards age: 10 - 15 years Training system: Spur cordon-training Nr. of vines per hectare: 6,600 Harvest: Hand picked from September 18th (Belguardo), September 24th (Fonterutoli) Fermentation temperature: 25 - 27° C Period of maceration: 13 days (Fonterutoli), 15 days (Belguardo) Aging: 24 months in small french and american oak barrels (500 lt / 30% new) Bottling: June 2015 Available on the market: October 2015 Production: 40,000 bottles Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt First vintage: 2008 Aging potential: Over 20 years Key descriptors: Full, ripe and intriguing body, long taste with pleasant and fresh aftertaste Food pairing: Game stews, aged and blue cheese, spicy food Anomalous weather during the winter period, where there were very few precipitations with a snowfall in February. The months of June, July and August have been characterized by an almost total absence of rain, with temperatures above the seasonal average. A decisive change in weather in the last week of August and the first seven days of September gave a positive turn to the season; there were a significant drop in temperatures for both minimum and maximum temperatures, allowing the plants to resume "work" in an optimal manner and consequently arrive to the ripening of the grapes in very good conditions. The grapes have not had any problems and have arrived to the cellar in optimum conditions. This vintage from a quantitative point of view, gave us a reduction of about 25% -30% of the grapes compared to the previous years. The agronomical judgment on the vintage is on average good, with peaks of excellence for some of the Sangiovese grapes. Beginning of the harvest: Aug.29 End of the harvest: Oct.10 Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 369,8 mm Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3723°C Evaluation: Very good
Region
Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol-abv
13.85%
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Tuscany

Tuscany

One of Italy’s most preferred by wine connoisseurs, the region of Tuscany is probably only rivalled for its prestige by Piedmont, in the north. Tuscany contains a number of very fine DOC and DOCG appellations within its geographical borders, and is also home to the Super Tuscans. By far the most relevant Tuscan appellation is Chianti Classico, where some incredible wines that compete at the highest level are produced. Many of these amazing Chiantis will age for over twenty years. Chianti shares Tuscany with Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, both of which produce wines of great quality. Brunello is a local variety of the Sangiovese grape. The warm temperatures coming off the coast, combined with the cool breezes from the hills, create a multitude of microclimates.

DOCG and DOC

IGT: Toscana; Colli della Toscana Centrale; Vermentino di Toscana

DOC: Barco Reale di Carmignano; Bolgheri; Chianti; Elba; Maremma Toscana; Rosso di Montalcino; Val d’Arno di Sopra DOC;Vin Santo del Chianti; Vin Santo del Carmignano

DOCG:Brunello di Montalcino; Chianti Classico; Chianti Classico Riserva; Carmignano; Morellino di Scansano; Vernaccia di San Gimignano; Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Tuscany accounts for over thirty DOC and half a dozen of DOCG wines. In addition to the great, well-known and appreciated reds, the local production includes a few distinguishable whites, the most notable among them being, without doubt, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Other delicious whites include the Bianco d'Elba, Bianco di Bolgheri, Vermentino and Bianco di Pitigliano.

Grape varieties

One of the most well known is Sangiovese the mainstay in all but one of Tuscany's seven red-wine DOCGs. In Montalcino it goes by the name Brunello, hence the name Brunello di Montalcino; in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano it is locally known as Prugnolo Gentile. Chianti, famed the world over, also features Sangiovese, as well as permitting the addition of small amounts of Canaiolo and Colorino, and international gems Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As well as being famed for its reds, Tuscany produces some distinguished whites, one of which has achieved DOCG status: Vernaccia di San Gimignano.