Arcanum Valadorna 2016
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96
Decanter
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92
James Suckling
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Arcanum Valadorna 2016

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Product description

The first impression of the nose is earthy with notes of cypress, vanilla bean, and spice. There are deep fruit flavors of black cherries, plums and blueberries followed by pleasant hints of chocolate and dried rose petals. On the palate, the tannins are chewy and accompanied by lively acidity; contributing to a long finish dominated by flavors of dried figs and licorice. The 2016 Valadorna is a time bomb of joy that will stand the test of time and age well in the cellar if patience permits.

Blend: 61% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot

96 Points - Decanter

The celebrated 2016 vintage in Tuscany continues to impress. This Bordeaux blend is based on Merlot but has a slightly Left Bank style, and will soon become the estate's current vintage of Valadorna, due to be released this year. Aged in 60% new French oak, it is polished and intense, with bramble fruit, earthy balsamic tones, a milk chocolate aroma and a slightly herbal touch. Its tight-knit structure, combining crisp acidity and firm yet velvety tannins, makes this a powerful yet graceful wine. Even if you're not a fan of Tuscan Merlot, the tense character it gives to wines in the Chianti region is to be admired.

92 Points - James Suckling

Linear, fresh red with plum and orange-peel aromas and flavors. Medium body, light tannins and a fruity finish. Subdued and focused.