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Luce della Vite La Vite Lucente
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Luce della Vite La Vite Lucente 2015

Tuscany, ItalyA wet winter replenished the vineyards and set up 2015 to be a good year. A dry summer and a touch of rain in the first week of August set the stage for an excellent vintage. In this perfect harvest, the sangiovese was picked in the first week in September while the merlot was harvested during the third week. Lucente is a selection of fruit from the same vineyard as its sister cru, Luce. The difference is the style: Lucente is fruit forward and its made to be consumed earlier but in years like 2015 it can be larger than life. The wine opens with a touch of cedar (old chest drawer) before the fruit busts through. On the palate, ripe black cherries and wild strawberries rush from front to back with a whack of spice and Mediterranean garrigue. This is fun to drink now but will age well for a decade. For Lucente the fermentation is in stainless steel vats for 12 days with a total of 22 days of skin contact. Ageing is divided between 55 percent new French oak, 5 percent new American oak and the remainder is aged in reused French barriques for twelve months. Lucente production is 31,000 cases.Tasted: 07 December 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 34.99 BCLS AB 31.00 private wine stores ON 30.00 Vintages QC 37.50 QC 90.00 1500 MB 41.00 NS 40.00 ON 90.00 1500 The Beer Guy NF 42.00 Producer: Luce della ViteDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Sangiovese - MerlotCSPC: 519421UPC: 8002366000931