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Luce Della Vite Luce Toscana 2013

Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
  • JS97
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The wine greets the eye with a dark ruby, then unfurls a forceful, complex bouquet of remarkable depth, characterized by rich notes of wild blackberry and blackcurrant. Delicate hints of spicy clove and black pepper enliven the background, and subtle impressions of black licorice and balsam gradually make their presence felt as well, creating an aromatic amalgam of enviable richness. The palate opens generous and full-volumed, with ripe tannins that enfold the mouth in their velvety softness, while the near-endless aromatic progression is enhanced by a hint of smokiness through its entire length.

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JS 97
James Suckling
The beauty and polish to this are very impressive on the nose and the palate. Blackberry, blueberry and sandalwood character. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and an elegant finish. So crafted and fine. Drink in 2020. #38 Top 100 Italian Wines of 2016
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Made with Sangiovese and Merlot, this vibrant red offers aromas of mature black-skinned berry, exotic spice, purple flower, coconut and a balsamic note. The full-bodied palate has weight and finesse, delivering dried black cherry, raspberry, espresso and star anise alongside a backbone of bright acidity and firm, velvety tannins. Hold a few more years to let this fully come together. Drink 2019–2028. Cellar Selection
WS 93
Wine Spectator
A sheen of resinous oak casts an accent over the black cherry and plum fruit in this powerful, chewy red. All the components are in the right place. Needs a little more time. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2018 through 2024.
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Luce Della Vite

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Luce Della Vite, Italy
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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.

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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.

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