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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Luce Della Vite Brunello di Montalcino 2006
Luce Della Vite Brunello di Montalcino 2006
(search item no. 109885)
collectible wine

James Suckling rating: 100 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $119.00

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
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The overall judgement on the 2006 vintage is very positive, in particular for the quality level of the grapes brought in. Spring was characterised by temperate conditions, scarce rains, and lack of heat stress, all of which favored sound, healthy fruit. Light rains during the summer helped maintain groundwater reserves for the vines. August was not excessively hot, with the result that ripeness in the various sections of the grape (pulp, skin, pip) developed evenly and with good balance. September and October brought sunny days, dry and crisp, which were the desired conditions for producing all of the qualities necessary to the making of high-quality, firmly-structured wines.

Luce Brunello appears ruby red with garnet highlights. Fragrances of wild berry fruit, such as blueberry and redcurrant, predominate on the nose; crisp notes of citrus follow, succeeded in turn by spicier impressions of forest underbrush, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, and black pepper, all lifted by intriguing nuances of star anice and China Calassaja bark. It develops full-bodied and warm in the mouth, with a forceful suite of tannins. This is a wine of incredible concentration and near-endless progression and finish.

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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.