The overall judgement on the 2006 vintage is very positive, in
particular for the quality level of the grapes brought in. Spring
was characterised by temperate conditions, scarce rains, and lack
of heat stress, all of which favored sound, healthy fruit. Light
rains during the summer helped maintain groundwater reserves
for the vines. August was not excessively hot, with the result that
ripeness in the various sections of the grape (pulp, skin, pip)
developed evenly and with good balance. September and
October brought sunny days, dry and crisp, which were the
desired conditions for producing all of the qualities necessary to
the making of high-quality, firmly-structured wines.
Luce Brunello appears ruby red with garnet highlights. Fragrances of
wild berry fruit, such as blueberry and redcurrant, predominate on
the nose; crisp notes of citrus follow, succeeded in turn by spicier
impressions of forest underbrush, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, and black
pepper, all lifted by intriguing nuances of star anice and China
Calassaja bark. It develops full-bodied and warm in the mouth, with
a forceful suite of tannins. This is a wine of incredible concentration
and near-endless progression and finish.
"What a nose of tangerines, dark fruits, spices and cigar box. Full bodied, with incredible concentration and power. It goes on for minutes. Mind blowing. Meat, dark chocolate, dried fruits, mushrooms. Turns to aniseed and black licorice. It is a wine with soul. How can Sangiovese be better? Better in 2014."
"This beautiful wine (gorgeous both in terms of execution and presentation) offers rich layers of mature fruit, chocolate, espresso and exotic spice. The wine's texture is incredibly smooth, soft and persistent. "
"This dense, powerful red exhibits black cherry and tobacco flavors, followed by a note of black tea on the finish. Woolly in texture, with the tannins lending a gruff conclusion. Needs time. Best from 2014 through 2027. 1,300 cases made."
"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the richest and most powerful wines of the vintage. Super-ripe blackberries, blueberries, mocha, new leather and sweet spices flow from this textured, opulent Brunello. The muscular fruit powers through to the finish, accompanied all the way by firm tannins from the oak. The sheer concentration and depth of fruit are remarkable, but ultimately this comes across as a heavy, labored Brunello with limited finesse. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. "
The Wine Advocate