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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Luce Della Vite Lucente 2005
Luce Della Vite Lucente 2005
(search item no. 87965)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $22.99

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
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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

A powerful, dense ruby, flecked with purple, announces Lucente, followed by a seductively elegant and measured suite of aromatics. Notes of smooth vanilla are first to emerge, enlivened by crisp balsamic essences. Then, evolved impressions of raw and tanned leather build complexity, which finally yield to rich notes of dark cherry and fruit preserves. In the mouth, Lucente's sheer volume is noteworthy, building steadily on the palate, and brilliantly supported by a core of tannins that are dense and fine-grained, but at the same time lively and expressive. The finale is velvety, delicious, and appealing.

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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.