2016 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.
The 2016 vintage was elegant: there was ample sunshine and just enough rain to hold off harvest, which allowed the fruit to spend more precious time on the vine. We started picking Sangiovese on September 28 and finished on October 6. The warmer days contributed to wine with ripe fruit flavors and bold aromatics, while the cool nights retained the vibrant signature acids of Chianti Classico Sangiovese.
On the nose are earth tones of clove, bay leaf and tarragon. The palate reveals flavors of raspberries, blueberries and white chocolate followed by a lingering tannic finish of white pepper, orange peel and cypress. With beautiful structure, this wine will age for many years to come and is best to begin drinking in 2021.
94 Points - JamesSuckling.com, J.S., Jul 2019