Valadorna 2015 WA95+
Tenuta di Arceno
This Merlot-led blend is sourced primarily from the Valadorna and Capraia blocks, which produce the estate’s most complex and mineral-based expressions of this variety. The blocks are located within the cooler part of the estate, naturally irrigated by the stream that undulates through it, and feature sandy brown soils and lower yields than typical. These blocks are often the last Merlot blocks to ripen at the estate.
WINERY TASTING NOTES: The wine exhibits high-toned aromas of ripe black cherries, vanilla bean and cedar. With bright acidity, the wine expands quickly on the palate. Plush tannins carry through the center with a fine, tingling finish. The palate shows flavors of tart cherry pie, dried red berries and black licorice, with a long finish of white pepper, dusty roses and stony minerality.
95+ Wine Advocate
The 2015 Valadorna (65% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot) is a dark and thickly endowed red wine that boasts a rich and lasting grip on the palate. The bouquet offers depth and complexity with dark fruit, leather, cured tobacco and spice. There are also softer notes of chocolate and ground espresso beans. The wine's seamless integration of flavors leads to increased momentum and intensity as the wine continues to open in the glass.
Located in the Castelnuovo Berardenga comune of the Chianti Classico appellation, the sprawling Tenuta di Arceno estate is measured at more than 1,000 hectares, including 90 hectares of vines and 50 hectares of olive trees. With elevations that range from 300 to 500 meters above sea level, the estate claims to have identified ten unique microclimates on the property. Soil profiles include crushed rock, sand, clay, sandstone, basalt and shale.