2018 Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy (750ml)
For centuries, the finest Sangiovese has been produced from within Chianti Classico, the historic heart of the Chianti region in the hills of Tuscany. Tenuta di Arceno lies among these hills and is home to this special wine. A modern Tuscan estate with a rich history, the winery is situated in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga on one of the regions’ most historic estates, comprised of 2,500 acres, only 220 of which are planted to vines. The vineyards of Arceno are planted to a broad spectrum of clones (19 for Sangiovese alone) to maximize each variety’s potential. A selection of older Sangiovese clones provides an earthy, bright backbone, while newer clones have been added to provide more color, power and complexity to the wines. Arceno possesses an enviable diversity of elevations, aspects, soils and mesoclimates, a situation that is ideal for the cultivation of Sangiovese (half of their production), and several other “international” varietals (the remainder being planted to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot). Since its establishment in 1994, Tenuta di Arceno has employed sustainable farming practices to improve the overall health of the vineyard, soils and quality of life for those working with the vines. The estate does not employ use of herbicides and avoids unnecessary use of fungicides, and plants cover crops to encourage microbiological activity, and increase aeration. Planting of cover crops also aids in balancing vine vigor. The use of physical, hands-on and labor-intensive methods under the rows helps avoid the use of sprays for weeds and other naturally occurring vegetation. In certain vintages, green harvesting is employed to ensure that the entire crop will attain physiological ripeness, a practice all but unheard of in Chianti!