By Kori ~ August 17th, 2011.
Founded in 1995, the Luce della Vite wine estate is now a part of Tenute di Toscana, a holding company controlled by Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi. Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi is one of the most famous wine producers in Italy. The Frescobaldi family has been making wine for over 700 years, spanning 30 generations.
Luce della Vite was a project originally launched by Vittorio Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi. Today, Vittorio’s son Lamberto Frescobaldi serves as winemaker. Located in the viticultural region of Montalcino, the Luce della Vite estate comprises 192 hectares. While their oldest vines were planted in 1977, the majority of the vineyards have been planted since 1997.
Lucente Toscana is a wine that was launched by Luce della Vite in 1998. Recently, we had the opportunity to taste the 2007 Lucente Toscana in a blind samples tasting, which we found to be excellent. It is a Super Tuscan blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
2007 Marchesi de Frescobaldi Luce della Vite Lucente Toscana (Toscana IGT, Italy): 50% Merlot, 35% Sangiovese, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep, dark red in color. Very aromatic with chocolate, black fruits, and oak on the nose. Fruit-forward with black fruits, spice, and chocolate on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity, and medium to high tannins. Well-balanced with a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $30; Available elsewhere, $20 to $34
Filed under: Italian Wine, Red Wine, Wines Over $25