Luce Della Vite Brunello di Montalcino 2005

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

$93.00 $55.97
Save $37.03
Item No. 101912
  • red wine
  • WS93
  • RP90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The wine appears an intense ruby red, with even deeper highlights. Aromas of ripe fruit predominate on the nose, particularly crisp redfleshed fruit, such as plum and bright cherry; they gradually yield to floral notes of violets, and to spicy impressions of black pepper, mixed with a hint of pencil lead. Sensations of cocoa powder and black liquorice, typical of a wine undergoing evolution in the bottle, enrich the bouquet throughout its course. It exhibits significant warmth and mouthfilling allure on the palate, thanks to vibrant, still-youthful tannins, classic to Sangiovese. The entire progression manifests a rich fruit and an emphatic yet judicious alcohol; the finish is marked by an impressive, multi-layered complexity. Overall, this is a strikingly rich wine with a very lengthy development.

Critical Acclaim

"Very dark ruby in color, with intense aromas of dried blueberry and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with medium chewy tannins and an outstanding intensity of fruit, new oak and mineral. The finish is very long. Best after 2012. 1,835 cases made."
93 Points

"The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino emerges from the glass with plenty of blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, graphite, spices and mocha. The wine reveals lovely up-front richness but then loses some of its depth on the mid-palate, revealing tannins that are a touch dry. Tobacco, herbs and licorice linger on the finish. This is a decidedly muscular, fruit-driven style of Brunello from the Frescobaldi family. A few more years of bottle age should help the wine come together even more. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. "
90 Points

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Learn About Luce Della Vite

In 1995, Robert Mondavi of California and Vittorio Frescobaldi of Tuscany joined hands to create an Italian wine of extraordinary quality. Their partnership was the first of its kind in Italy, and their premier offering was Luce della Vite. The name means light of the vine in Italian, and was inspired by the morning sunlight on the way from Florence to the renowned winemaking...

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Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Sangiovese

Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...

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