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
"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 Wine Advocate
Smooth & Supple
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.
This 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!
While 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.