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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico 2009
Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico 2009
(search item no. 116007)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 was a warm and opulent year, resulting in a Chianti Classico with well developed flavors. The nose exudes exotic spices, licorice and ripe black cherries. On the palate, there is a big, full mouthfeel with nuances of cinnamon, dried cranberries, and candied orange peel. The finish is long and persistent with hints of caramel. The bright acidity and firm tannins give this wine aging potential.

Pair with pappardelle with wild boar, aged pecorino, steak fiorentina, game and flavorful meat dishes.

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About Tenuta di Arceno:

Tenuta di Arceno's history stretches back to the time of the Etruscans who dominated central Italy prior to the formation of the Roman Empire. The Ambra River, which flows to Florence, and the Ombrone river, which flows to the Mediterranean, formed the nucleus of the ancient civilization. Still today, these two important rivers flow on either side of the Tenuta di Arceno estate. Located at the historical birthplace of its culture, it is not surprising to find that the word Arceno has as its root, the Etruscan word arché meaning origin point.

The Tenuta di Arceno estate lies in the hills of the Chianti region in central Tuscany between Florence and Siena, near Castelnuovo Berardenga. Tuscany is home to Italy's most renowned wines. Among them are the Super Tuscans, referred to as such due to their superior quality and position outside of official premium wine designations. The Tenuta di Arceno estate produces a variety of Super Tuscans including Arcanum I and Arcanum II.

From its roots in the Etruscan civilization, its ownership by the wealthy and respected Taja family, its sale to one of the most illustrious families of Siena, the Piccolominis, and finally to its acquisition by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke in 1994, the history of Tenuta di Arceno unfolds, long and sinuous in time