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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Luce Della Vite Luce Toscana 2008
Luce Della Vite Luce Toscana 2008
(search item no. 114649)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

James Suckling rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $68.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Luce 2008 appears a very dense, concentrated purple-red. The nose exhibits remarkable finesse, releasing notes of wild blackberry and sour cherry, backgrounded by peppery eucalyptus and minerally impressions of pencil lead. Capping the aromatic array are appealing notes of baker's chocolate and tobacco leaf. The wine shows a superb attack, with the densest of tannic suites. The palate expands impressively, with a tasty vein of acidity that beautifully knits together all of its constituents. A near-endless finish adds the final harmonious touch.

Blend: 45% Sangiovese and 55% Merlot

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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.