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Tenuta Luce Brunello di Montalcino
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Tenuta Luce Brunello di Montalcino 2013

Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, ItalyTwenty years ago there was no Brunello at Luce because it wasn’t in the initial vision of the Frescobaldi’s or the Mondavi’s to produce a Super Tuscan with merlot and sangiovese. Today the incredibly well-tended and positioned 217-acre estate vineyard yields a small amount of Brunello from a select block within the estate. The quantity is small, and it comes off some the higher, cooler sites planted to sangiovese over sandstone and limestone. The Brunelli aged a year in mostly old Slavonian oak, with only ten percent new to best reveal its impressive fruit and terroir. The style is modern, with a red fruit demeanour and that savoury, balsamic, Mediterranean countryside aroma. In the mouth it has a sophisticated, polished mix of cherries and cacao dust, with just enough tannin to suggest a structure that will age through 2025. This wine is now a different level than its early years. Try this with a favourite steak cut.Tasted: 07 December 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 93.00 specialty listing AB 98.00 fine wine shops ON 120.00 Vintages QC 119.00 SAQ ON 240.00 Vintages ON 500.00 Vintages MB 98.26 Producer: Luce della ViteDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Varietal: Sangiovese