When Vittorio Frescobaldi met Robert Mondavi in the early 90s, a new chapter in the history of the great Tuscan wines was written. From that meeting, a wine came to life inspired by the desire to make a dream come true: to create a wine in Montalcino, a land of choice for the production of excellent wines, that went beyond the boundaries of tradition, while acknowledging and celebrating it, by treasuring the experiences of two historic families in the world of wine. This ambitious project took the name of Tenuta Luce, a name that evokes the sunlight of Montalcino, which is the source of life and nourishment, and marks the passage of the seasons and sets the pace for any and every agricultural activity. Since then, Tenuta Luce has always honoured this vision and the symbolic wine of the Tenuta, Luce, has been joined by other exclusive wines, capable of going beyond the boundaries of their territory and earning unanimous approval nationally and internationally.
Tenuta Luce’s vineyards are a true mosaic of different exposures, variety of soils and altitudes – ranging from 280 at 418 meters above sea level. The soils are schistose in the upper range, mixed-clayey in the lower one, rich in yellow sands and sandstones in the central belt. The altitude and southern exposure of the estate’s vineyards support a slow and complete ripening of the grapes producing wines of impressive structure and elegance. Cool, breezy nights help preserve the aromatic profile of Sangiovese and Merlot.
After harvest, the grapes are sorted, crushed and transferred in stainless steel thermo-regulated vats for fermentation. There the winemaking team carries leaves the juice in contact with the skins for around 20 days. The wine is then transferred in barriques for 1 year before bottling.
Winter was mainly dry and mild leading to an early but homogeneous budding of the plants starting from the second week of March for Sangiovese and from the third week for Merlot. Spring was sunny, accompanied by some rains in May and June, favoring the course of an excellent flowering, which took place slightly earlier in the last week of May. Summer was hot and dry with good temperature ranges between day and night. In the last week of August, two very precious rains brought relief to the plants and lowered temperatures, allowing the vines to complete grape ripening. The harvest began on the third of September in ideal conditions, with sunny days without heat peaks. These conditions resulted in grapes of excellent quality, with excellent phenolic ripeness and great aromatic balance.
Lucente 2020 shows a brilliant ruby red color. The nose is rich in black fruits such as blueberries and blackberries, accompanied by a light balsamic and pan brioché note. The palate is soft supported by a nice freshness, with enveloping tannins and a long fruity aftertaste.