2013 Luce della Vite Luce
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $84.94 (reg. $99.94)
If there are two names in the wine world that would join forces to make a knockout Tuscan wine, they would almost certainly be Mondavi and Frescobaldi. While Mondavi helped start a major qualitative shift in modern-day California, the Frescobaldi family have been making wine in Italy for seven centuries, and the ‘Luce’ is the perfect union of their new and old-world identities. The 2013 ‘Luce,’ a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, is one of exceptional Tuscan charm, from a vintage heralded as “classic” by the Wine Advocate. With 97pts from James Suckling for its “beauty and polish” this easily stands up to peers at twice the price!
Since these two heavyweights started the Luce della Vita label, this elegant Tuscan blend has nabbed spots on Wine Spectators Top 100 list, and outperformed Tuscan heavyweights that are routinely selling for well north of $100.
The combination of the racier Sangiovese with rounder, fruit-forward Merlot is pretty stunning, and the 2013 ‘Luce’ is an immensely versatile wine that is tasty on its own or with a variety of Tuscan fare. With a few more years in the bottle, it is sure to be one of the most impressive Tuscan wines for under $100 that you are likely to find! Cheers!