Our estate is found within the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, located in the province of Siena, Tuscany. It lies in the southeast corner of the Chianti Classico region and is bordered by the ancient, walled town of San Gusmé. The Jackson family purchased the Tenuta di Arceno estate in 1994, with its sprawling 2,500 acres, of which only 223 are planted to vine. Cabernet Franc has proven to be the variety best suited to the estate’s diverse soils and topography, and is the true signature of the estate. The estate traces its roots to the pre-Roman Etruscan civilization, and the inspiration for the Arcanum label comes from an ancient statue located on the estate. il fauno, the mythological Roman god of nature, the countryside and the woods, watches over the estate and acts as its protector. The statue is represented both on the Arcanum label and in the name of its second wine, il Fauno di Arcanum. Valadorna is named not only for the vineyard from which the Merlot is sourced, but also for the house on the estate that bears its name and which is represented on the label.
Dark ruby color in the glass with vibrant red fruit aromas of pomegranate, cranberry and tart red cherry on the bouquet. Hints of green olive, cedar, pencil shavings and sandalwood envelop aromas of lavender, anise, ground clove and kirsch extract. All of these flavors come together on the very firm palate with a satisfying amaro-like bitterness. The finish begins with the sweet flavors of raisinated fruit, but quickly gives way to an old world pedigree of firm tannins and mineral-driven character, speaking firmly of its Tuscan origins.