94 Insider Points *Customer Favorite Producer
93 Points - James Suckling
To find a quality, everyday value Super tuscan is almost impossible to do but this gorgeous Frescobaldi depiction will really have you questioning: why do so many super Tuscans demand such a high price when I can get something this good? This 2014 Lucente is loaded with Dusty raspberry, anise, and fresh baked bread on the nose, Dark and bold in color, the Lucent is not for the faint of heart. The wine opens with elements of chocolate and black raspberry on the palate, seems a bit youthful still. I suspect more complexity will develop in the cellar over time. Certainly has fine grain tannins to support that projection. Drinking now and should get better over the next five years. -DZ 5/17
Lots of blueberry, black currant and lavender aromas and flavors to this. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold. So long and refined. Extremely well done. ~James Suckling, July 20, 2016
75% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese
The biggest name in Toscana History:
Frescobaldi-30th Generation Winemaker
The 2014 Lucente Rosso is a wonderfully elegant blend that matured for 12 months in Barriquen. Thanks to the high Merlot portion, he is now already producing great drinking pleasure at a high level. The grapes come from the same vineyards in the south-west of Montalcino, which also supply the grapes for the Weinikone Luce.
Strong ruby, violet reflections. A complex bouquet, the notes after sour cherries and red currants, also raspberry jelly, enriched with toasted aromas after cocoa and crémant chocolate. Balanced and harmonious on the palate, the dense fruit aromas gradually increase, with firm structure and skillfully embedded tannins; Very pleasant the delicate vanilla aromas and the sweet caramel; A spirited Tusan, who, to the end of the season, is the best drinker.
This is the second wine of Luce Della Vite, an estate in Montalcino. The Merlot-dominated Lucente entices with red fruit aromas--raspberries and cherries--accented by violets and herbs de Provence. The palate has rich coffee, purple fruit and nutty tones framed by fine tannins and nice balance.
A Tuscan classic! Deep ruby color with garnet reflections, its elegant bouquet of leather, black cherries, licorice and plums preludes a medium to full-bodied palate where ripe red fruit, subtle notes of vanilla and violets harmonize and linger, interlacing with the soft tannins and silky texture. Firm backbone, perfect integration of acidity and fruit, well rounded, medium finish.
Luce is the result of a project launched in the early 1990s, the fruit of a dream of two leaders in the history of wine, Vittorio Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi. Their common goal was to unite together their individual passionate commitments and their own personal traditions, in order 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 into reality their fathers’ vision, uniting together in a magisterial blend, Sangiovese and Merlot, a wine that was given the name Luce, as tribute to an element essential for the flourishing of every new being.
The first two vintages, 1993 and 1994, were released together, in 1997, and aroused enormous interest, fascinated by the innovative character that was the hallmark of this project. But that was just the beginning, and any uncertainty engendered by the arrival on stage of an unexpected new actor quickly gave way to appreciation for the new wine’s indubitable quality.
Year after year, Luce succeeded in crafting an expression that was uniquely individual to each growing season. Beginning with the 2004 vintage, the direction of Luce was entrusted solely to Lamberto Frescobaldi.
The biggest name in Tuscany Lamberto Frescobaldi, head of a Florentine winemaking dynasty:
The Frescobaldi are a prominent Florentine noble family that have been involved in the political, sociological, and economic history of Tuscany since the Middle Ages. Originating in the Val di Pesa in the Chianti, they appear holding important posts in Florence in the twelfth century. In the struggles of Guelfs and Ghibellines the family was split between the Guelf factions of Bianchi and Neri, of whom only the Bianchi remained in Florence.
Today the dynasty, which has been producing wines in Tuscany for 700 years, occupies a 16th-century palazzo overlooking a sun-filled hidden interior garden. Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi is “a 30th-generation winemaker". The Marchesi Frescobaldi group, of which he is president, produces 11 million bottles a year on its six Tuscan estates.
Particularly suitable for dishes with dark meat such as pork fillet, tatar, beef ragout or lamb racks. Exciting to Grillspiess, Branzino grill, Coniglio, Fegato and stews.