Wine of the Day: Il Fauno Di Arcanum


Il Fauno

Situated in the rolling hills of Tuscany, situated between two rivers, the Ambra, which flows to Florence, and the Ombrone, which flows to the Mediterranean, the 2500 acre Tenuta di Arceno estate sits at elevations ranging from 1000-2000 feet above sea level. Wines have been made in this vineyard, nestled between Florence and Siena for nearly 3000 years. In the center of the estate sits an ancient Roman statue, Il Fauno. In Roman mythology, Il Fauno is the Roman God of nature, the countryside and the woods, which this sprawling estate has in abundance. Il Fauno watches over the estate, acting as its protector, and is the inspiration for the estate’s Arcanum and Il Fauno labels.

Tenuta di Arceno estate in Tuscany

Classically, the estate produces elevated DOCG Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Reserva, but their IGT wines truly tell the story of the land, showcasing Bordeaux varieties with expressive Italian terroir, particularly Right Bank Bordeaux varieties, i.e. Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Blending Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, Il Fauno di Arcanum ($35) reveals a lush richness developed by sunshine-filled vineyards. Concentrated and powerful, the wine melds ripe plum, blackberry, and strawberry, with notes of cedar, wildflower, and licorice. With chic character and Italian style, the bold wine is ideal for pairing with braised short ribs or slow-roasted lamb.