Wine Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2022
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 14.50%
2018 will be remembered as a truly happy harvest. Overall, the vegetative phase was constant and produced very balanced wines. The cool, rainy months of February and March postponed budding, and June and July proved to be perfect for the continuation of the season. The approach of hailstorms at the beginning of August made us hold our breath, but they always remained at least 1km away. In late August, the well-anticipated rains helped rehydrate and cool the vines. With warm days and cool nights throughout the remainder of August, optimal conditions for the harvest developed. The vintage is reminiscent of 2015 in fruit strength but 2013 in structure. The nose exudes ripe fruit and floral notes of violets and roses, with hints of cypress and cedar. The palate is lush and full, enveloping and full of fruit. Easy-going tannins, thanks also to a 10-month aging in French oak, and moderate acids allow the fruity flavors to contribute on the same level of importance, revealing layers of red fruit - cherry and plum with honeysuckle notes. A long finish leaves room for spicy and herbaceous notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and persistent black tea
- Deep red color
- Aromas are dominated by ripe raspberry fruit and candied apples, followed by floral notes and nutmeg.
- The palate follows with tart cherry pie, red licorice, and sweet tobacco. A long finish shows hints of cedar and cypress.
- Roast Chicken
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.