Luce della Vite Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 (Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [RP 93]

Luce della Vite Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 95] [RP 93]


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About this winery:
In 1995, Vittorio Frescobaldi of Italy's venerable Marchesi de' Frescobaldi joined forces with Napa Valley icon Robert Mondavi to produce a Tuscan red called Luce della Vite. The grapes came from vineyards in Montalcino, adjacent to the Frescobaldis' Castelgiocondo estate. Luce was the first wine from Montalcino made by blending Sangiovese and Merlot grapes, matching the roundness and softness of Merlot with the elegance and structure of Sangiovese.


Notes from the Winemaker:

Appearing a deep and intense color with light garnet hues, Luce Brunello 2011 offers a complex bouquet, rich in notes that go from small black fruits and spices, to tobacco and tea leaves. On the palate, the wine confirms the same aromatic complexity: a soft and enveloping start is balanced by an excellent tannic texture that gives the wine a long and persistent presence.

Aging: Over 24 months in barrels and barriques. Over 4 months in bottle.. Hand-split French barriques 90% one-uses, 10% new; Slavonian oak casks

TECHNICAL DATA

ABV: 15,00% Vol.
TA: 6,06 g/l
PH: 3,52


Ratings & Reviews



95 Points - James Suckling:
"This is fabulous for the vintage with blackberry, blueberry and toffee-barrel aromas and flavors. Full and very deep. Fine tannins. Bright finish. Very flashy and I like it. Drink or hold." (October 29th, 2015)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"As the years go by I appreciate the timeless beauty of the Luce della Vite label design. I can't think of a label that I like to look at more. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a plump and juicy wine that is packed tight with all the flavors and goodies you should expect from this celebrated appellation. The Frescobaldi family has taken great care to move away from the overripe and over-extracted style that they championed in the past. Instead, we've started to see elegant and streamlined expressions from this historic Tuscan estate. I would say that this tendency also applies to this wine, although the warm 2011 vintage definitely leaves its mark. The wine is rich and fruit-forward with opulent and fleshy layers. It is coming along nicely despite some young fruit sourness that should flesh out with a few more years of cellar aging. I suggest you drink this wine after 2018." - Monica Larner (Mar 2016)

89 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Luce is dark, super-ripe and heavily extracted. Blackberry jam, mocha, bittersweet chocolate, spice, menthol, plum and cloves wrap around the palate. Copius French oak gives the wine much of its texture and succulence. There isn't a whole lot of Sangiovese character here. Readers who like plush, concentrated wines will enjoy the 2011." - Antonio Galloni (February 2016)

89 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"New oak lends vanilla and toast accents to this dense, cherry-flavored red. A rich version that needs time to absorb the tannins. Best from 2018 through 2027. 1,667 cases made." - BS (Jun 15, 2016)