WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    59% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc 9% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Petit Verdot
  • APPELLATION
    Tuscany IGT
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

93pts Robert Parker: The 2015 Il Fauno di Arcanum is a robust and thickly layered blend of 59% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. This wine offers terrific value, especially to those who prize soft richness and concentration in their blended Tuscan reds. This beautiful, medium to full-bodied wine would pair seamlessly with grilled or roasted meats. The warmth and sheer exuberance of the vintage will put a big smile on your face.

90pts Wine Enthusiast: This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot opens with earthy aromas of charred earth, toasted oak and ripe dark-skinned fruit. The dense palate offers prune, tobacco and mocha alongside fine-grained tannins.

Viticulturist and Winemaker Pierre Seillan (Vérité, Anakota, Château lassègue) first began working with Cabernet Franc more than four decades ago at his family estate in Armagnac. He later moved on to the Loire Valley, and then spent twenty years in Bordeaux before being lured to California in 1997. At Arcanum, Pierre works closely with his Italian team, believing his job is to respect tradition, but also to do his part to guide and enhance it. By doing so he remains true to the distinguished history of Italian viticulture.

Arcanum 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 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.

TASTING NOTES 

A Bordeaux-style blend, il fauno di Arcanum embodies the diversity of the estate, and is sourced primarily from the Di Sotto, La Curva, Colombaio and San Giovanni blocks. Located in the lower southwest section of the estate, in a warmer, exposed subsection that ripens early, the soils possess a significant amount of clay, with good water retention, and produce wines that tend to be more voluptuous and lush.