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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Luce Della Vite Brunello di Montalcino 2008
Luce Della Vite Brunello di Montalcino 2008
(search item no. 125191)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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:

Ruby red colour. Intense and elegant bouquet with mellow scents of berry fruits like blueberry, joined by floral notes of violet. A lovely spiciness follows with black pepper and star anise, balsamic notes as eucalyptus and mineral notes of flint. The palate reveals a notably substantial body accompanied by a long and harmonious aromatic persistence and a fine and elegant tannin texture.
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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.