This Merlot-led red wine blend is sourced primarily from the Valadorna and Capraia vineyard blocks located within the cooler part of the estate, which produce our Tuscan estate’s most complex and mineral-led expressions of this variety.
The Valadorna and Capraia vineyard blocks from which Valadorna is primarily sourced, produce lower yields than typical with very concentrated and high quality fruit. These blocks are often the last Merlot blocks to ripen on the estate. At 340 meters (1115 feet) above sea level and the lowest point of the estate, where the Ombrone river is just a sparkling brook, lies the vineyard Valadorna with the uninhabited Valadorna farmhouse protecting it. The soil is loamy limestone and has deep reaching sources of iron and other minerals. Merlot thrives here spectacularly well. The grapes are hand-picked and cold soaked for 3-5 days and fermented on skins in stainless steel for 18-25 days. They are then drained and pressed directly into barrels and racked every four months. The wine is bottled 22 months after vintage and aged a minimum of two years in bottle before release.
Pierre Seillan’s passion lies in crafting wines from diverse terroirs to capture the unique expression of Tuscany in each vintage. He works closely with Winemaker Lawrence Cronin, believing his job is to respect tradition, but also enhance the future.
VARIETAL TYPE: Red Blend.
APPELLATIONS: Chianti Classico.
PRACTICES: Vegan Friendly.
- 2016 Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna Toscana IGT Red Blend, 96 points, Decanter, AF (Apr 21)
- 2015 Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna Toscana IGT Red Blend, 95+ points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, ML (May 19)
- 2013 Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna Toscana IGT Red Blend, 94 points, JamesSuckling.com, JS (Sep 18)
Bottle Size: 750 mL