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Date Printed: 9/3/2014
Luce Della Vite Lucente 2003
Luce Della Vite Lucente 2003
(search item no. 86629)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/3/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is an intense and vibrant purple. The bouquet releases rich fragrances of plums, black currants, and raspberry jam, enhanced by hints of cinnamon and nuances of cloves. The entry on the palate is pleasing with an excellent consistency, proof of a warm and sunny growing season. The perfectly integrated tannins are in remarkable harmony with the alcoholic component and the persistent finish reconfirms both the bouquet and the flavors.

Blend: 50% Merlot, 35% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

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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.