Arcanum Il Fauno di Arcanum 2008
Other Red Wine from Tuscany, Italy
The 2008 Il Fauno di Arcanum continues on the success of the 2007 but with a more classic Tuscan stamp of mineral freshness. The nose is bright and juicy with dried red fruits of cherry and cranberry. This is a lively wine with bright acidity from the cooler vintage character and the slight addition of Sangiovese to the blend. It is a beautiful Tuscan blend showing its local character in a bright and crisp finish.
Blend: 62% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Sangiovese, 1% Petit Verdot
The Wine Advocate - "A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot, the 2008 Il Fauno di Arcanum opens with an inky dark color and perfectly ripe aromas of plump cherry and blackberry. Beyond the enticing fruit aromas is a long list of spice and tobacco-related characteristics. This is a thickly layered and opulent Tuscan blend that is enhanced by territory-driven aromas of grilled herb and rosemary oil. The best part for me, however, is the soft richness this wine delivers in the mouth. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027. "
The Jackson family purchased the Tenuta di Arceno estate in 1994, with its sprawling 2,500 acres, of which only 223 are planted to vine. Cabernet Franc has proven to be the variety best suited to the estate’s diverse soils and topography, and is the true signature of the estate, as it thrives in both warm and cool vintages View all Arcanum Wines
About Tuscany(TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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4 ratings, 3 with reviewsanthony montemuro - Brentwood, TN55/28/2014
Great wine. Medium to full bodied, velvety smooth texture. Opens with blast of cherries and blackberry, lots of sweet tobacco and vanilla on the long finish.Hints of olives as well. Despite the international grapes this definantly tastes like a Tuscan wine.Would buy again.Marc Shaye - Franklin, MI21/31/2014While we looked forward to tasting this wine after ordering, we were disappointed. This is not a 94. It lacked characteristics usually found in Tuscan wine of quality. We did not find the depth, body and concentration of a Bordeaux that was lauded in one review. A lesson learned, first taste, then buy.cmoodylaw - Hammond, LA51/27/2014This is a near perfect of Italian red wine. Very ready to drink and is dark and rich. It has nice aromas and flavors of cherry and complicated spice. A terrific value at $29.99 but when you can get it at $25 it is amazing. I may wait to see if it goes on sale again but if not I will buy at this price when I run out. I put this wine up against wines costing $100 plus. Parker has the rating right!Bk2014 - Lawrence, KS41/17/2014
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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