Luce Della Vite Luce Toscana 2003
The 2003 growing season was very good for all grape varieties grown in Montalcino. Compared to the previous years, the particularly intense sun of the summer months contributed to the early ripening of the grapes. The climatic conditions were optimal during harvest and the fruit arrived at the winery in excellent condition, rich in sugars, and with a high skin to must ratio. After pressing, Sangiovese was well rounded, with fresh and fruity aromas, while Merlot showed an intense color, excellent structure, and elegant fruit fragrances.
Luce 2003 is a lustrous, striking purple-red, almost opaque to the eye. Delicate notes of wild berryfruit, such as blueberry and blackberry, are obvious on the nose, enriched by spicier nuances of cinnamon and nutmeg, and with a final, elegant touch of crisp mint. Luce impresses immediately on the palate, with good, velvet-textured weight; expansive, fine-grained tannins; a firm, sturdy structure, concluding with a finale that seems endless.
"This vintage of Frescobaldi's super-star Luce della Vite makes a bold statement thanks to its ruby concentration and intensely inviting aromas of cherry, cola, leather, vanilla and blackberry. It is a big, modern wine that flaunts many deep layers of intensity and flavor with firm tannins and excellent persistence on the finish."
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.
Legendary in Italy for its Renaissance art and striking landscape, Tuscany is also home to many of the country’s best red wines. Sangiovese reigns supreme here, as either the single varietal, or a dominant player, in almost all of Tuscany’s best.
A remarkable Chianti, named for its region of origin, will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and plenty of cherry fruit character. From the hills and valleys surrounding the medieval village of Montalcino, come the distinguished and age-worthy wines based on Brunello (Sangiovese). Earning global acclaim since the 1970s, the Tuscan Blends are composed solely of international grape varieties or a mix of international and Sangiovese. The wine called Vine Nobile di Montepulciano, composed of Prognolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and is recognized both for finesse and power.