2018 Gran Selezione Strada al Sasso



Strada al Sasso is our-flagship, single-vineyard, single-block Sangiovese. Planted in 1998, this exceptional micro-cru is located in a wind-swept corner of our estate. It features high-density spacing, careful matching of rootstocks and clones to the soils, and low yields. This is the most intense, brooding, concentrated, complex wine we produce at Tenuta di Arceno. The aromatics are saturated with dark fruit, dark-roasted coffee beans and violets. The palate is dense and commanding with dried plums, nutmeg, earth, wet slate, firm acids and fine tannins. While this wine drinks well in its youth, it is built to evolve and improve over the next decade or more.

Harvest Notes

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.

Tasting Notes

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.


2018 Vintage
96 Points - JamesSuckling.com, J.S., July 2021