2013 Luce Luce
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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  • JS 97
  • WS 93
  • WE 93

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Reg: $99.94

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In Stock: 24+ btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 0 btls
ETA: Pending

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JS 97
jamessuckling.com, July 2016
The beauty and polish to this is very impressive on the nose and the palate. Blackberry, blueberry, and sandalwood character. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and an elegant finish. So crafted and fine. Drink in 2020.
WS 93
Wine Spectator, September 2016
A sheen of resinous oak casts an accent over the black cherry and plum fruit in this powerful, chewy red. All the components are in the right place. Needs a little more time. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2018 through... A sheen of resinous oak casts an accent over the black cherry and plum fruit in this powerful, chewy red. All the components are in the right place. Needs a little more time. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2018 through 2024. 1,400 cases imported. –BS
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast, March 2017
Made with Sangiovese and Merlot, this vibrant red offers aromas of mature black-skinned berry, exotic spice, purple flower, coconut and a balsamic note. The full-bodied palate has weight and finesse, delivering dried... Made with Sangiovese and Merlot, this vibrant red offers aromas of mature black-skinned berry, exotic spice, purple flower, coconut and a balsamic note. The full-bodied palate has weight and finesse, delivering dried black cherry, raspberry, espresso and star anise alongside a backbone of bright acidity and firm, velvety tannins. Hold a few more years to let this fully come together. Drink 2019–2028.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2013
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Label

Combining the roundedness and softness of Merlot with the structure and elegance of Sangiovese might seem a rather obvious idea. Yet it took the insight and collaboration of the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi families to launch the innovative Luce project in the land of the world-renowned Brunello di Montalcino, an area where the wines are made strictly from Sangiovese.

Fermentation and a four-week maceration take place in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation and 24 months of maturation are carried out in oak barrels, 85% of which are new.

Winery

Luce

Luce is the result of a project launched in the early 1990s by two leaders in the history of wine, Vittorio Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi. Their goal was to unite their traditions to offer the world a truly exceptional, utterly different wine, grown in the heart of Montalcino.

Their sons, Lamberto and Tim, at that time both young winemakers, were the ones who brought reality to their fathers’ vision by blending Sangiovese and Merlot.

Located southwest of Montalcino, Tenuta Luce della Vite comprises 192 hectares, 77 dedicated to vines. Some of the vineyards date back to 1977, but the majority was planted at the beginning of 1997 with an average density of 6,100 vines per hectare. The higher sections of the estate display galestro-rich, well-drained soils with little organic matter, ideal conditions for growing Sangiovese while, in the lower areas, the soil exhibits more clay and sand in which Merlot flourishes.

The long, dry, sun-filled summers characteristic of this area, plus the vineyards’ south-facing exposure, guarantee the grapes a gradual and consistent ripening which, in turn, yields wines of superb concentration and vigor.