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Tenuta di Arceno is at the southernmost edge of Chianti Classico in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga

Arceno was first mentioned in historical documents as a small independent community more than a thousand years ago in 1000.

The wine that takes its name – Tenuta di Arceno – traces its origins back to 1505 when the Taja Family acquired land that was to become the estate, planted vineyards, and made wine.

Tenuta di Arceno is at the southernmost edge of Chianti Classico in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga.

The beautiful city of Siena is just a 20-minute drive in a westerly direction. Famed for its Palio horse race held twice a year, the University of Siena – founded in 1240 – is also one of the oldest and first publicly funded universities in Europe. The university is particularly renowned for its law, medicine, and economics & management faculties.

Tenuta di Arceno is just 20 minutes to drive from Siena. Famed for its Palio horse race, the University of Siena – founded in 1240 – is also one of the oldest and first publicly funded universities in Europe. Siena also boasts the world’s oldest bank. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena was founded in 1472

Siena also boasts the world’s oldest bank. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena was founded in 1472.

In 1829, one of the most prominent families in Sienna acquired Tenuta di Arceno.  The Piccolomini Family built gardens, lakes, and many of the villas that still stand on the estate today.

In 1994, Tenuta di Arceno changed hands from Italian to American.

Famed California vintner Jess Jackson (1930 – 2011) acquired the Chianti Classico producer. The self- made billionaire was a lawyer and also a racehorse owner. The portfolio of Jackson Family Wines include Kendall-Jackson, Byron Estates, Matanzas Creek, La Crema, Arrowook, Cardinale, and Freemark Abbey.

Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2017 is comprised of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine recently received Tre Bicchieri or “3 Glasses”, the top award in Vini d’Italia Guide 2021

Winemaker Lawrence Cronin grew up in New York City. His Italian heritage goes back hundreds of years to the picturesque fishing village of Castellammare del Golfo in north-west Sicily. He joined Tenuta di Arceno in 2002 and had worked in Firriato in Sicily, Cloudy Bay, and Cape Mentelle

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TASTING NOTES

Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico 2018

Rated a very good to great vintage, there is excellent fruit, tannins, and freshness in this 2018 Chianti Classico. Red ruby in complexion, the intense medium-plus bodied fruit includes red cherries and plums. Elegant silky tannins. Fruit to tannins to freshness is a seamless, harmonious package. The wine was aged 10 months in French oak and is made up of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. Winemaker Lawrence Cronin rates this alongside the great 2015 vintage. Decant 30 to 45 minutes.

Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2017

This Riserva  recently received Tre Bicchieri or “3 Glasses”, the top award in Vini d’Italia Guide 2021. Organiser Gambero Rosso brought together 60 wine experts to taste some 22,000 wines from 2,500 producers drawn from all over Italy. Each wine is tasted blind. Just 2% of the wines entered were awarded the Tre Bichhieri rating. Uneven weather, including frost, resulted in a very low yield in 2017. What survived, many wines have concentration and vibrant acidity such as this Riserva. Red cherry/raspberry fruit, and tobacco, liquorice, and vanilla notes. The tannins are very fine. Persistent fruit with long freshness. Comprises 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 10 months in French oak. Needs decanting 60 to 90 minutes for the wine to open up.

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