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Tenuta di Arceno Strada Al Sasso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2018
Tuscany - Italy
Robert Parker
James Suckling
  • S$92.00

Wine Type: Red Wine

Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese
Vintage: 2018
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2022
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 15%

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany

  The 2018 vintage was beautiful and will be well-remembered. Overall, the growing season was consistent and produced very balanced wines. With a cool, rainy February and March, budbreak arrived later in the season and gave way to perfect conditions in June and July. We held our breath through early August as hailstorms approached the estate – sometimes less that 1km away – until welcome rain arrived later in the month to rehydrate and cool the vines. With warm days and cool nights through the rest of August, we had optimal conditions for harvest.

The powerful, yet elegant signature of Sangiovese is captured on the nose with classic notes of violet, sweet mint, ripe blueberries and soft tones of spice. On the palate, vibrant acidity is accompanied by layered flavors of fresh raspberries, cypress and black olives. A lingering finish reveals undertones of orange peel and cigar box. This delightful wine is a wonderful experience of Sangiovese that will continue to unfold its layers over time.


  • Deep red color
  • The wine demonstrates a playful banter between fruit and herbal tones with aromas of ripe cherry, violets, cedar and herbs jumping out of the glass; it shows a wine that is savory with soft fruit around a twisting chain of acidity
  • The palate follows with flavors of blueberry, vanilla bean and sweet mint, with bright acidity still carrying the tasting experience. Soft tannins bring the finish to tones of white pepper, black licorice and Tenuta di Arceno’s signature orange peel
  • Braised Wild Boar
  • Tortelini Bolognese
  • Roast Chicken
Lawrence Cronin

Growing up in New York City, Lawrence Cronin was always aware of his Italian heritage. His mother’s family goes back hundreds of years in the small town of Castellammare del Golfo, a picturesque fishing village on the northwest coast of Sicily. Visits to the old country during his youth made the relocation relatively seamless years later when Lawrence moved to Tuscany to make wine at Arceno.
Lawrence began his professional winemaking career in 1995 at Edmeades Winery in the Anderson Valley region of California’s rugged Mendocino County. Prior to joining Tenuta di Arceno, Lawrence also worked at a number of other prominent wineries worldwide including Firriatto in Sicily, Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, Cape Mentelle in Australia and Calina in Chile.
Lawrence was hired as the winemaker for Tenuta di Arceno in 2002. With guidance from Vigneron Pierre Seillan, he has helped elevate this historic estate into the upper tier of Tuscan producers.