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Tenuta Luce della Vite
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Tenuta Luce della Vite 2015

Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, ItalyLuce was born a collaboration of the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi Families with the idea of matching the roundness and softness of merlot with the elegance and structure of sangiovese in the revered home of the sangiovese-only Brunello di Montalcino. At 350 to 420 metres, the Luce estate is among Montalcino's highest. Sangiovese likes the heights while the merlot is better placed in the clays of the lowest elevations. Since 2002, Lamberto Frescobaldi has been entirely responsible for the Luce project keeping a close, watchful eye on the Super Tuscan red with a worldwide reputation. At 15 percent alcohol, 2015 comes calling in a big way with ripe fruit and power. Uncharacteristically showy right out of the gate, the style is rich and powerful but still with enough acidity to keep it fresh and balanced. Think black cherries, dark plums and a plethora of brown spicing. It is a fruitful year and a rich wine that should be popular with those who love the more lavish New World style. At only 35 hectolitres per hectare, the yields are low and well-controlled. Luce spends two years in hand-split oak barriques, of which 85 percent are new.Tasted: 07 December 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 135.00 private wine stores AB 101.00 fine wine shops ON 100.00 Vintages QC 99.00 MB 99.00 Producer: Tenuta LuceDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Sangiovese - MerlotCSPC: 706424UPC: 8002366081046