Luce

Luce super Tuscan red wine from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

Luce was the first wine ever produced in Montalcino by blending Sangiovese and Merlot grapes.

Combining the roundness and suppleness of Merlot with the structure and elegance of Sangiovese seems an obvious idea, but it took progressive thinking of winemaker Lamberto Frescobaldi to do that in the land of the world renowned Brunello di Montalcino, a wine made strictly from 100% Sangiovese.

Tasting Notes
A deep, almost opaque, ruby red greets the eye. The initial fragrances on the nose are clean-edged notes of dark fruit, such as wild blackberry and black cherry, which slowly make way for more pungent impressions of balsam and wild herbs. More evolved nuances of tanned leather and spice make for an impressive finale. The palate is notable for its magisterial structure, but at the same time for its warmth and velvety, rounded mouthfeel. Supple tannins and a supporting vibrant acidity contribute significantly to the wine?s overall impressive balance and harmony, perfectly completed by a lengthy, long-lingering finish subtly edged with ripe fruit.

Food Pairing Suggestions
Roast pork, but also wild game such as stewed hare or boar. Wonderful with aged pecorino cheese.
Browse our Italian recipe collection by wine pairing

Ratings & Reviews
2006 Vintage
94 points - Wine Spectator, October 15, 2009

2005 Vintage
93 points - Wine Spectator, October 15, 2008
87 points - Wine Advocate #177, June 2008

2004 Vintage
91 points - Wine Spectator, October 15, 2007
90 points - Wine & Spirits
86 points - Wine Advocate #177, June 2008

2003 Vintage
92 points - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2006
92 points / Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2007
88 points - Wine Advocate #171, June 2007

2002 Vintage
87 points - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2005

2001 Vintage
92 points - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2004
92 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 1, 2006
93 points - Wine Advocate #164, April 2006

2000 Vintage
92 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 1, 2004
91 points - Wine Spectator, October 15, 2003
89 points - Wine Advocate #147, June 2003

1999 Vintage
93 points - Wine Spectator, October 31, 2002
90 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, September 1, 2002