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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Luce Della Vite Lucente 2006
Luce Della Vite Lucente 2006
(search item no. 96738)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $29.99

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
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 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:

A blend of 50% Merlot, 35% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

A deep but luminous purple-red introduces 2006 Lucente. Measured elegance marks the nose, which first releases subtle notes of vanilla that slowly yield to ripe, dark fruit, particularly dried plum and liqueur blackcurrants, composing an appealing, velvet-smooth bouquet notable for its multi-layered depth. It expands impressively on the palate, with a steady progression supported by dense, supple tannins, through to a superb, aromatic finish. Overall, a crisp, refined, beautifully-balanced wine.

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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.