Luce Della Vite Luce Toscana 2006

Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy

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Item No. 100495
  • red wine
  • WS94
  • WE94
  • W&S93
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: 15.0%

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

Luce 2006 is a dense, dark purple. The nose is rich in aromatics that privilege red berry fruit, dried plum, and blackberry, followed closely by pungent balsam and sweet notes of vanilla and, at the conclusion, by dark chocolate, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, and black liquorice. The palate is alcoholically warm, velvety smooth, and intense, with elegant tannins well supported by an emphatic vein of acidity. The finish is lengthy and harmonious.

Critical Acclaim

"Very pretty aromas of cherry pie, blackberry and spices follow through to a full body, with clean, velvety tannins and a delicious, fruity finish. Turns chewy and powerful. Already hard to resist. Merlot and Sangiovese. Best after 2010."
94 Points

"We are extremely impressed with this vintage of Luce (made by Frescobaldi and Mondavi in Montalcino, Tuscany). The blend of Merlot and Sangiovese is amazingly modern, pleasurable and penetrating with a huge focus on black cherry and chocolate fudge aromas. The tannins are tight and focused and the wine could use another five years of cellaring."
94 Points

"Based in Montalcino, Luce della Vite began as a joint venture between the Frescobaldi and Mondavi families, now owned by the former. Luce, the flagship wine is a blend of sangiovese with merlot, one that works particularly well in the 2006 vintage. It has the bright, spicy cracked peppercorn scent of Montalcino's top sangiovese, blanced by the dark plum flesh of the merlot. It feels fresh and elegant, even as most of the flavor is still locked in the tannin, where plum-skin detail builds on the complexity of the wine. A mouthwatering match for grilled lamb, this is still youthfully tannic and will benefit from cellar time."
93 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 Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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