Twelve of the twenty-five hectares under vine on the Luce della Vite Estate are officially listed in the Register for Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) and may be used for the production of that prestigious wine. The first Brunello was produced in Montalcino in the second half of the 19th century and in 1980 Brunello became the first wine in Italy to obtain Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita.
With the Luce Brunello we want to continue a journey of excellence inspired by the uniqueness of its territory of origin. The selection process for Sangiovese grapes destined for Brunello is extremely meticulous, as it is for all of our wines. When the grapes arrive in the cellars, 10 workers inspect the clusters on a sorting table, choosing only the best ones. During the fermentation and maceration on the skins, that take place in stainless steel vats, every effort is directed to extracting maximum flavour from the grapes and tannins that are ripe and smooth. Then a five year aging period follows, at least two years of which must be carried out in oak barrels.
Luce Brunello appears ruby red with garnet highlights. Fragrances of
wild berry fruit, such as blueberry and redcurrant, predominate on
the nose; crisp notes of citrus follow, succeeded in turn by spicier
impressions of forest underbrush, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, and black
pepper, all lifted by intriguing nuances of star anice and China
Calassaja bark. It develops full-bodied and warm in the mouth, with
a forceful suite of tannins. This is a wine of incredible concentration
and near-endless progression and finish.
Food Pairing Suggestions
Grilled lamb chops, beef stews, and medium-aged cheeses.
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Ratings & Reviews
90 points – Wine Spectator, October 30, 2011
93 points – Wine Spectator, June 15, 2010
95 points – Wine Spectator, Web-only 2009
94 points – Wine Spectator, August 31, 2008