Wine Spectator 91 points - This is balanced and refined, with licorice, lavender and hints of ripe fruit. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a balanced, silky-textured finish. Merlot and Sangiovese. Best after 2008. 5,000 cases made. –JS
(Oct 15 2007)
Luce was the first wine created in Montalcino by blending Sangiovese and Merlot. Combining the roundedness and softness of Merlot with the structure and elegance of Sangiovese might seem a rather obvious idea, and yet it took the insight and collaboration of the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi Families to launch this innovative project in the land of the world renown Brunello di Montalcino, a wine made strictly from Sangiovese.
In 2002 the responsibility passed entirely to Lamberto Frescobaldi, who continues to this day to write the history of Luce in the land of the world renown Brunello di Montalcino, joining the tradition of Sangiovese, so historic to this area, with the innovation represented by Merlot, introduced into Montalcino only in 1976.
|Wine maker notes
|The 2004 vintage was excellent both in terms of quality and quantity. The cool and rainy spring allowed for the replenishing of the underground waterways and led to the vegetative delay and thus budding a week later than usual. In May and June, the nights were cold with temperatures below average and the notable difference in temperature between day and night allowed the grapes to develop outstanding aromas. The heat during August and September compensated somewhat for the initial delay in the vegetative cycle. The sun and north wind at the beginning of September, together with the cool nights, helped in the production of elegant and very concentrated wines, with tannins that matured gradually over the course of the growing season. The harvesting of the Merlot began slightly later than usual and the grapes were healthy and perfectly ripe. The climatic conditions during the harvest of the Sangiovese were ideal, and the grapes arrived at the winery in excellent condition. Luce 2004 appears deep ruby with lovely purple highlights. Subtle
suggestions of toasty oak appear first on the nose, over fragrant notes of blueberry and blackberry that seem to infuse the background; next to emerge is a complex of floral and mint nuances, followed by smooth impressions of vanilla and cinnamon. The palate is smooth and
mouthfilling, with velvety tannins and a warm alcohol beautifully complemented by a crisp acidity. The finish is expansive and dynamic.
|Lamberto Frescobaldi, distinguished for his passion for wine and his talented hand as a winemaker, today has the responsibility of shaping the future of the wine project originally undertaken by the founders of the Luce della Vite estate. His primary mission is the upgrading of the estate’s vineyards and the improvement of the winemaking facilities, plus research projects focusing on numerous experimental vineyards. No one was better equipped than he to bring new energy to the project that was launched in 1995, fruit of the dreams and determination of two leading figures in 20th century winemaking, Lamberto’s father Vittorio Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi. Today the wine estate is part of the Tenute di Toscana holding company, which in turn is controlled by Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi.