Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Strada al Sasso Riserva 2013
2013 was a classic vintage. On the cool side, the 2013 Vendemia produced bright wines with a racy, edgy acidity. Sangiovese harvest began the first week in October ensuring plenty of time on the vine for a good acid, tannin balance.
The e nose has floral tones of cut roses and notes of tart Cherry. These give way to dominating aromas of spice, cedar and mint. In years like 2013 earth tones dominate fruit. On the palate, you feel quicky the tingling acids and beautiful tannin structure. Flavors are of Fresh Raspberries and white chocolate. On the finish you feel some smoky tones (cigar box) which subside revealing the tradmark uplifting orange peel finish. 2013 is a vintage that is straight to the point and will age elegantly.
Pair with Pappardelle al Cinghiale, Asiago, Manchego, Pollo Arrosto, and Tortellini Bolognesi.
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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
One of the first wine regions anywhere to be officially recognized and delimited, Chianti Classico is today what was originally defined simply as Chianti. Already identified by the early 18th century as a superior zone, the official name of Chianti was proclaimed upon the area surrounding the townships of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole, just north of Siena, by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany in an official decree in 1716.
However, by the 1930s the Italian government had appended this historic zone with additonal land in order to capitalize on the Chianti name. It wasn’t until 1996 that Chianti Classico became autonomous once again when the government granted a separate DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) to its borders. Ever since, Chianti Classico considers itself no longer a subzone of Chianti.
Many Classicos are today made of 100% Sangiovese but can include up to 20% of other approved varieties grown within the Classico borders. The best Classicos will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and be full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit (plums, black cherry, blackberry). Also common among the best Classicos are expressive notes of cedar, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic or tobacco.