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
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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... more
The initial aromas are an explosion of fresh fruit dominated by wild berries and floral tones of lavender and violets. The mouth is tantalized by firm edges of bright acidity that envelope soft
tannins and a black cherry vanilla bean center. The finish is long and lingering with notes of dried... more
PrimaVoce, a term for the leading voice in
an opera company, is an aria of both
power and beauty. Produced from low
yielding, meticulously farmed vineyards in
the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, the
wine is supple, rich and complex, offering
a multi-layered sensory experience. From
PrimaVoce, named for the leading voice in an opera, expresses the richness of the Tuscan terroir and the continuing legacy of the Tenuta di Arceno estate. This blend balances the elegance of Merlot with the richness and power of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The nose first exudes cedar, fresh vanilla root... more
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... more
PrimaVoce is a blend that shines a spotlight on
the essence of the Tenuta di Arceno vineyards. It
is a well balanced opulent wine, with soft
flowing tannins that gives a multi-layered
sensory experience. This wine is a pleasure from
the first opening note to its exuberant grand
finale-truly a... more
Purple-garnet hue. Opulent oak opens to scents of blackberry, licorice and smoke. Sweet,
chewy flavors of black current, toasty oak and lots of licorice. Creamy peppery close highlighted by mocha.
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60% Merlot, 40% Sangiovese
His vineyard block classification approach
enables Vigneron/Winemaster Pierre Seillan to
develop the elegant and complex architecture of
his wines as is found in Arceno PrimaVoce. This
blend balances the reserved nature of Merlot with
the vivaciousness of... more
This Merlot-based wine has elegant, velvety tannins that envelope an explosion of sweet black cherry and a licorice finish. more