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Luce Della Vite Luce Toscana 2014

Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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14.18% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Luce 2014 is a deep ruby red color with purple highlights. To the nose the wine expresses a bouquet of small black fruits, bitter cherries and elegant notes of cocoa and coffee. In the mouth the wine’s elegant and fine tannins bestow the wine with a creamy harmony and a very long persistence with a lightly spiced finish.

A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot.

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JS 96
James Suckling

This shows so much intensity and complexity from the get-go with a bouquet exploding with blackberries, blackcurrants, ivy, iodine, treacle and forest floor elements. Full body, tight yet generous tannins, effortless acidity and a powerful, long finish. A triumph in a challenging vintage. Better in 2019.

JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck

The 2014 Luce is brilliant! Based on a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot aged in 85% new French oak, it boasts a vibrant purple color as well as sensational notes of crème de cassis, black cherries, graphite, crushed flowers, and a building sense of minerality. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with background oak that’s covered by fruit, this pure, seamless Toscana needs a year or three and will shine for a decade or more. It’s a gorgeous wine!

WS 92
Wine Spectator
Air reveals black cherry and blackberry flavors wrapped in toasty oak in this rich, polished red, supported by dense, muscular tannins. A fine effort in a difficult vintage. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2019 through 2027
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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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