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Marchesi de Frescobaldi - Luce Della Vite Luce 2017

Red Wine from Italy
Price: £120.00
Case Rate: £120.00
Ex Tax: £83.33
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Winery: Marchesi de Frescobaldi
Grape: Sangiovese Blend
Grape Percentage: Sangiovese, Merlot
Alcohol Percentage: 14.65
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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93 pts  Vinous/Antonio Galloni
Country:
Winery: Marchesi de Frescobaldi
Grape: Sangiovese Blend
Grape Percentage: Sangiovese, Merlot
Alcohol Percentage: 14.65
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

The wine displays an intense, almost impenetrable, ruby red color. On the nose, the wine introduces itself with intense red fruits and subtle hints of incense and spicy notes that bequeath extraordinary complexity. In the mouth, the bouquet’s complexity comes alive through elegant tannins that gift the wine with unique balance and structure.

Expert reviews

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2017) - 93 pts

The 2017 Luce is a sumptuous, flamboyant wine. Inky red berry fruit, rose petal, cinnamon and new French oak flesh out in a racy, generous wine with no hard edges and plenty of immediacy. The 2017 offers plenty of charm in a bold, immediate style that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. This overt, radiant Montalcino red has a ton to offer - Antonio Galloni


JancisRobinson.com (2017) - 16 pts

Purplish crimson. Rather confusing nose for this wine lover. Merlot certainly seems to be trumping the delicate Sangiovese. Very ripe Merlot with sweet black fruit and a strong oaky backbone and some real dryness on the end at this juncture. Seems very much more Napa than Tuscany to me. I'll decant it to see whether it opens up a bit (it did with food, but then dried out again after a couple of hours). Strange emissary from the land of Brunello – rather like the more exaggerated Brunellos that were made in the 1990s. Not for me, but some may love it.


Decanter (2017) - 95 pts

March 19th 2020 was the 25th anniversary of Luce, a relatively young project founded by the Mondavi and Frescobaldi families in Montalcino. Despite the obvious cancellation of the event, the 2017 vintage celebrates this birthday properly. Luce is one of the few Super Tuscans of Montalcino. Compared to Brunello it is blended with Merlot adding suppleness and focused on new oak ageing. Deep crimson in colour, full of clove, vanilla and buttery aromas, than brights for black cherry and plummy notes, graphite and cherry flavour, with an earthy mineral finish. Grainy velvety tannins (impressive for 2017 vintage) and firm acidity are well supported by incredibly rich fruit concentration and suppleness - Aldo Fiordelli