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Date Printed: 4/27/2015
Luce Della Vite Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Luce Della Vite Brunello di Montalcino 2005
(search item no. 101912)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/27/2015: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

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.
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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 region of Montalcino.

Aptly named, Luce shines brightly as the very first blend of Sangiovese and Merlot from this highly-regarded Tuscan winemaking region. Montalcino lies approximately 20 miles south of Siena, and is considered the birthplace of the richest and most intense Tuscan wines. The Luce vineyard—adjacent to Marchesi de' Frescobaldi's Castel Giocondo estate—sits at elevations of 1300 to 1500 feet, the highest vineyard site in Montalcino. Sustainable agriculture honors the unique slate and rocky limestone soils, yielding elegant Sangiovese and round, supple Merlot.

Luce inspired a second label, Lucente, a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot sourced throughout Tuscany. A third label, Danzante, produces Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese/Chianti, and Merlot sourced throughout other important Italian wine regions.