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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Tenuta di Arceno PrimaVoce 2004
Tenuta di Arceno PrimaVoce 2004
(search item no. 94039)

PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Inviting aromas of chocolate, ripe cherries and exotic spices lead into subtle floral notes of lavender and dusty rose. On the palate, lush fruit reminiscent of cherry pie fills the mouth, giving way to an endless finish of licorice, black pepper and cedar.

Food pairings: Sausage with spicy green beans, pasta Bolognese, game hens with pomegranates

Decant one hour before serving.

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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