Valadorna Arcanum 2008 Tuscany, Italy
Wine Advocate #208 Aug 2013 - Monica Larner - The 2008 Valadorna is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc and is named after the remote vineyard where Merlot finds its preferred growing conditions. This is an immensely modern and monumental wine that oozes forth with thick layers of sticky Indian spice or cardamom followed by black current, candied plum and toasted espresso. There?s a pretty touch of sweetness that fits perfectly within the super-rich embroidery of the wine. It will be fascinating to see how it evolves over the next decade or so. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2030.