2013 Tenuta di Arceno Il Fauno di Arcanum

Year: 2013
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"It's hard not to be smitten with the 2013 Il Fauno di Arcanum. This blend of 55% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot is a rich and lasting Tuscan red that offers ample power and concentration. There are points of greenness here with crushed peppercorn and wild sage, backed by dark fruit aromas of plum and blackberry. Yet the Merlot component does much to smooth out and enrich the mouthfeel.

Tenuta di Arceno is the Jackson Family Wine estate in Tuscany. Located in the Castelnuovo Berardenga sub zone, the estate is known for its production of blended Tuscan reds and more traditional Sangiovese-based Chianti Classico wines. The Chianti Classico Riserva Strada al Sasso was not produced in 2014 and instead that fruit went to make the base wines. The 2011 vintage was one of the hottest on recent record, especially in this warmer area of the appellation. The 2012 vintage was characterized by more heat and drought. Fruit ripened early as a result. August rain helped to even out the growing conditions. The 2013 vintage got off to a late start, but the slow growing cycle contributed to the wine's overall freshness and developed tannins." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The nose is brooding, dominated by spice and black licorice. Fruit tones are ripe black cherries with high sweet floral notes. The palate is explosive with flavors of plums, currants and a slight tangy note of orange peel. Due to the long ripening season, in which Merlot thrives, the tannins are long, soft and well developed. The palate finishes with hints of tobacco and lingering nutmeg.