2020 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 2020 vintage was ideal. A mild and dry winter was followed by an abundance of rainfall in the spring. Summer was filled with warm days and nights that cooled off dramatically, preserving acidity and aromatics. With a great fruit set and minimal extreme weather conditions, 2020 was a beautifully balanced vintage resulting in moderate alcohol, bright fruit tones and elegant tannins. The blocks for this Gran Selezione were picked at optimum ripeness from October 2nd to October 5th.

Tasting Notes

This pure Sangiovese has a bright nose, a nod to its temperate vintage, with floral aromas -- roses and violets -- followed by cypress and fresh rosemary. On the palate, flavors of ripe raspberries and hints of vanilla bean dominate. The mouthfeel is complex, full of soft tannins and uplifting acidity that bears the signature of classic Sangiovese. The finish has noticeable minerality with lingering notes of orange peel and cedar. The balance of acid, fruit and earth showcases the true terroir of this region.


2020 Vintage

95 POINTS - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, August 2023

95 POINTS - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, August 2023