Arcanum "Valadorna" Toscana IGT 2009 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 92]

Arcanum "Valadorna" Toscana IGT 2009
(Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 92]

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This Merlot-led blend is sourced primarily from the Valadorna and Capraia blocks, which produce the estate's most complex and mineral-based expressions of this variety. The blocks are located within the cooler part of the estate, naturally irrigated by the stream that undulates through it, and feature sandy brown soils and lower yields than typical. These blocks are often the last Merlot blocks to ripen on the estate.

Tasting Notes

With a brilliant red-black color, the 2009 Valadorna showcases aromas of cherry cola and ripe red fruits. On the palate, spice flavors combine with earth-driven minerality to produce a wine with freshness and finesse. With moderate acidity, the wine reveals a supple and elegant texture with a long lasting finish and nearly undetectable tannins. All components are in balance and come together to produce a stunning example of Merlot, reflecting the best of its complex Tuscan terroir.

Technical Data

Varrietals: 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV: 14.5%
Aging: FRENCH OAK - 12 MONTHS, 40% NEW
Total Acidity: 5.3 G/L
pH: 3.63

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Brimming with sweet cherry, raspberry, mushroom, anise and spice flavors, this is balanced and fresh, with a long, energetic aftertaste of dried fruit, spice and tea. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2018. 830 cases made." -BS (Mar 31, 2015)

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008 Vintage):
"The 2008 Valadorna is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and is named after the remote vineyard where Merlot finds its preferred growing conditions. This is an immensely modern and monumental wine that oozes forth with thick layers of sticky Indian spice or cardamom followed by black current, candied plum and toasted espresso. There’s a pretty touch of sweetness that fits perfectly within the super-rich embroidery of the wine. It will be fascinating to see how it evolves over the next decade or so. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2030." - Monica Larner (Aug 2013)