Viticulturist & Winemaker
Viticulturist and Winemaker Pierre Seillan first began working with Cabernet Franc more than four decades ago at his family’s estate in Armagnac. He later moved on to the Loire Valley, and then spent twenty years in Bordeaux before being lured to California in 1997. At Arcanum, Pierre works closely with his Italian team, believing his job is to respect tradition, but also to do his part to guide and enhance it. By doing so he remains true to the distinguished history of Italian viticulture.
Julia Jackson formed her first impression of Tuscany at age six, when her family purchased the Tenuta di Arceno estate. She grew up spending her summers at the estate and fell in love with its beauty and diversity. Julia brings her family’s passion to Arcanum, their dedication to its future and the commitment of the second generation of one of the world’s most significant wine families.
Our estate is found within the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, located in the province of Siena, Tuscany. It lies in the southeast corner of the Chianti Classico region and is bordered by the ancient, walled town of San Gusmé.
The estate traces its roots to the pre-Roman Etruscan civilization, and the inspiration for the Arcanum label comes from an ancient statue located on the estate. il fauno, the mythological Roman god of nature, the countryside and the woods, watches over the estate and acts as its protector. The statue is represented both on the Arcanum label and in the name of its second wine, il Fauno di Arcanum. Valadorna is named not only for the vineyard from which the Merlot is sourced, but also for the house on the estate that bears its name and which is represented on the label.
The estate ranges in altitude from 1,000 to 1,500 feet and comprises ten different mesoclimates planted to 63 blocks. Each block within those different sub-climates has been planted to the varieties best suited to the unique soil profile, facing, slope, water uptake and heat potential of each site. There is a wide variance in the soils of the estate, with 13 different types being identified. The estate’s complexity ensures that, even within the confines of the region’s notorious vintage vagaries, certain blocks and varieties will shine every year.
Arcanum is the pinnacle of the estate’s offerings. Based on Cabernet Franc, the true signature of the estate, this remarkable wine is built to age yet is drinkable young, offering aromas of violets, roses and raspberries, with long and delicate spice notes; it is a wine that is seductive yet subtle. Arcanum is sourced primarily from the L’Apparita and Belvedere blocks of Cabernet Franc. With superb exposure and sandy clay soils, each year these blocks shine to produce the finest expression of the variety, and the leading wine of the estate.
- 77% Cabernet Franc
7% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot
il fauno di Arcanum
Traditionally, cooler climate years in Tuscany create elegant and ethereal high tones of fruit. The nose explodes with bright raspberries and wild berries, with some floral tones of lavender. Though a Bordeaux-style blend, the palate is more Burgundian with soft elegant tannins and textures. The slightly higher than usual acids firmly frame a potpourri of blueberry and sour cherry. The fruit slowly subsides giving way to exotic spice, reminiscent of cardamom and finishing with sweet black licorice.
- 72% Merlot
20% Cabernet Franc
4% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Petit Verdot
This Merlot-led blend is sourced primarily from the Valadorna and Capraia blocks, which produce the estate’s most complex and mineral-based expressions of this variety. The blocks are located within the cooler part of the estate, naturally irrigated by the stream that undulates through it, and feature sandy brown soils and lower yields than typical. These blocks are often the last Merlot blocks to ripen on the estate.
- 60% Merlot
25% Cabernet Sauvignon
15% Cabernet Franc
(Tenuta di Arceno S.r.l. - Società Agricola)
Loc. Arceno 53010 San Gusmè
Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena, Italia
421 Aviation Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Tel. +39 0577 359346 | Fax. +39 0577 359344
Indirizzo Pec: email@example.com
C.F. / P.I. 01113960528
Registro Imprese Siena 01113960528
Numero R.E.A. SI - 121631
Capitale Sociale Euro 10.000,00 i.v.
Società a Socio Unico