Luce della Vite Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015
(Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 100] [RP 94] [WS 94]
Regular price $160.00 Sale price $139.97 Save $20.03
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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 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.
ABV: 15,00% Vol.
TA: 6,06 g/l
Ratings & Reviews
"Amazing aromas of crushed berries, cherries, flowers, black truffles and wet earth, turning to violets and black tea. Extremely aromatic. Full-bodied, deep and profound with fantastically strong tannins that just melt into the wine. Fantastic length and intensity. Truly great. Drinkable, but better in 2024 and onwards." (Sept. 2019)
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"This is one of the icon bottles within the greater portfolio of Frescobaldi wines from Tuscany. The Luce della Vite 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Luce moves over the palate with power and determination (with 15.5% alcohol), imparting ripe fruit flavors of blackberry and candied cherry along the way. This wine shows deep dimension and fiber with a solid core of dark fruit. It lightens up on the palate thanks to that bright acidity and the general quality of the primary fruit flavors obtained in this happy vintage. The tannins are neatly woven into the wine's full-bodied density. This estate farms 11 hectares of Sangiovese grapes, and production in this vintage is 30,600 bottles strong." - Monica Larner (Jan 2020)
94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Big and rich, featuring plum, black cherry, leather and earth aromas and flavors. Ripe and fruity, with dense tannins buried in the flesh. A bit monolithic, yet also fresh and long. All the components are in the right proportions. Best from 2023 through 2040. 2,400 cases imported." - BS (June 2020)