Lucente wine from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

The careful selection practiced in the production of Luce gives Lamberto Frescobaldi, enologist for Luce della Vite, the opportunity to take advantage of part of the harvest of Sangiovese and Merlot for the production of Lucente.

The composition of Lucente is further complimented with Cabernet Sauvignon. Lucente reveals a typical Tuscan character, with an excellent body, and complex aromas.

It is an elegant yet versatile wine, the perfect companion for both regional and international cuisine.

Tasting Notes – 2007 Vintage
A strikingly luminous purple-red greets the eye, with shimmering ruby highlights. The nose is just as impressive, presenting a broad range of elegant aromatic impressions. Smooth, ripe scents of dried plum and blackberry preserves are easily noted, along with more pungent roasted espresso bean and baker? chocolate, and subtle notes of green pepper. The palate is notable for its warmth and roundness, displaying smooth, glossy tannins, and a well-balanced acidity offers delicious support to a sturdy, firm structure. Intriguing notes of salty mineral on the finish conclude this finely-balanced, harmonious wine.

Food Pairing Suggestions
Grilled lamb chops, beef stews, and medium-aged cheeses

Vintage Notes
The 2007 harvest was immediately distinguished as excellent, the natural culmination of an exceptional growing season. During the winter months the vineyards in Montalcino benefited from abundant rains, allowing the vineyards to build up reserves that ensured an excellent and promising harvest. The spring months were mild, with sparse rains and little heat stress. Consequently the maturation of the grapes was gradual in ideal climatic conditions, with hot and sunny days and cool nights, resulting in sound, healthy fruit.

Ratings & Reviews
2007 Vintage
91 points – Wine Review Online, April 7, 2010

2006 Vintage
91 points – Wine Spectator, October 15, 2008
88 points – Wine Advocate #177, June 2008

2005 Vintage
90 points – Wine News
89 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2007
86 points – Wine Advocate #171, June 2007

2004 Vintage
88 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2006
86 points – Wine Advocate #171, June 2007

2003 Vintage
90 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2005
#92 in Top 100 wines of 2005 – Wine Spectator

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