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Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2018

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14.50% /
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Vintage: 2018
  • WS 93
  • WA 94
  • DEC 94
  • JS 92
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    Introducing the 2018 Tenuta Di Arceno Valadorna, a testament to the finesse and depth that the Chianti region of Italy can produce, especially when it comes to Merlot-led blends. This wine, crafted by the talented winemaker Lawrence Cronin, is a vibrant showcase of what the Valadorna and Capraia blocks on the estate have to offer. These blocks are known for their complex and mineral-rich expressions of Merlot, thanks to the cooler parts of the estate they occupy and their sandy brown soils.

    The 2018 growing season at Tenuta Di Arceno was one for the books, marked by a cool, rainy start that led to a later bud break. However, the season turned around with perfect conditions in the summer, culminating in a harvest that was both balanced and expressive. The Merlot from the Capraia vineyard was harvested on September 14th, followed closely by the Merlot from the Valadorna block on September 16th, setting the stage for what would become an unforgettable vintage.

    Upon pouring, the 2018 Valadorna greets you with a deep, inviting color. As you bring the glass closer, expressive aromas of nutmeg and fresh strawberry mingle with hints of vanilla, captivating your senses and drawing you in. The first sip reveals a soft and supple mouthfeel, with elegant tannins that wrap around the mid-palate, providing structure without overwhelming. This wine strikes a perfect balance with its acidity, ensuring that every sip is as refreshing as it is complex. The palate is treated to flavors of ripe black cherry and sweet balsamic, leading to a lingering finish adorned with notes of tobacco, cedar, and a whisper of cinnamon.

    The 2018 Tenuta Di Arceno Valadorna is not just a wine; it’s an experience, one that speaks volumes of the terroir from which it originates and the expertise behind its creation. It’s a wine that can be enjoyed now for its youthful vigor or cellared to appreciate its evolution over the years.

    The critical acclaim for the 2018 Valadorna speaks to its exceptional quality and the impression it has left on wine critics worldwide. Monica Larner of Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator, Aldo Fiodrelli of Decanter, and James Suckling have all awarded this vintage impressive scores, recognizing its standout character and the meticulous care that went into its production.

    With each sip of the 2018 Valadorna, you’re not just enjoying a glass of wine; you’re embarking on a journey to the heart of Italy’s Chianti region, courtesy of Tenuta Di Arceno. This wine is a reflection of the Arcanum winery’s dedication to excellence and innovation, making it a must-try for any wine enthusiast looking to explore the depths of Italian winemaking

    10 reviews for Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2018

    1. Monica Bjorkman

      Valadorna 2018 is simply mesmerizing! The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot is perfectly balanced, and the hint of tobacco makes it a unique experience.

    2. Abel Garcia

      The Tenuta di Arceno is a masterpiece. The blueberry and forest floor notes are refreshing, while the hint of tar adds a unique touch.

    3. Adriane Colvin

      The Tenuta Arceno Valadorna 2018 is a wine lover’s dream. The earthy tones and plum undertones create a complex, yet satisfying experience.

    4. William Jenkins

      The Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot blend in the Arceno Valadorna Toscana is exquisite. The black cherry and dark fruit flavors are tantalizing and leave you craving for more.

    5. Julie Perez

      The espresso and cigar notes in the Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot blend of the Arceno Valadorna Toscana are truly extraordinary. The dried herbs and raspberry flavors make it a wine to remember.

    6. Brenda Owen

      The black fruit and cherry notes in the Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2018 are simply divine. The hint of pepper makes it even more intriguing.

    7. Roderick Bell

      The Valadorna 2018 is a treat for the senses. The chocolate and cedar notes are harmoniously blended, giving it a rich, smooth taste.

    8. Brandon Cloud

      The Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2018 is a delight! Its blackberry and oak notes leave a lingering taste that’s unforgettable. A must-try for all the wine lovers out there!

    9. Jeffrey Andrews

      The Tenuta di Arceno is an exceptional wine. The smoke and vanilla flavors are bold and pronounced, making every sip a delightful experience.

    10. Milton Lyell

      The blackcurrant and licorice flavors in the Tenuta Arceno Valadorna 2018 are impeccable. The hint of cassis adds a delightful twist.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 93
    Wine Spectator
    An evolving red, supple and boasting cherry, raspberry, vanilla, coffee and spice flavors. Fresh and harmonious, fluid on the palate, with fine tannins uplifting the long finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2025 through 2038.
    WA 94
    Wine Advocate
    Available in a heavy glass bottle, this is now 100% Merlot with fruit from two late-ripening vineyard sites (Valadorna and Capraia). The Tenuta di Arceno 2018 Valadorna is a dense, full-bodied Tuscan wine with hints of rosemary and grilled spice and plenty of velvety softness. This vintage shows extra spiciness for barbecued meat on the grill. This wine started off with only Merlot but became a Bordeaux blend in later years; however, the 2018, 2019 and 2021 vintages are 100% Merlot.
    DEC 94
    JS 92
    James Suckling
    This is a soft red with the texture of fine velvet, offering dark-berry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied palate that’s attractive and delicious. Seductive. Drink or hold.

    What does Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2018 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, smoke

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, red fruit, raspberry

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla


    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, black cherry

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, dried herbs

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, orange

    cheese, cream, campfire

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    hay, bell pepper, green bell pepper

    fig, raisin, prune

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, rose petal

    Food Pairing with Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2018

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2018 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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