2006 Luce della Vite Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2006
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 100
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
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"This dense, powerful red exhibits black cherry and tobacco flavors, followed by a note of black tea on the finish. Woolly in texture, with the tannins lending a gruff conclusion. Needs time. Best from 2014 through 2027. 1,300 cases made." (WS)

"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the richest and most powerful wines of the vintage. Super-ripe blackberries, blueberries, mocha, new leather and sweet spices flow from this textured, opulent Brunello. The muscular fruit powers through to the finish, accompanied all the way by firm tannins from the oak. The sheer concentration and depth of fruit are remarkable, but ultimately this comes across as a heavy, labored Brunello with limited finesse. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. " (WA)

"(15.5% alcohol): Saturated red. Strong oak influence to the aromas of violet, cherry skin and licorice. Juicy, pure and tightly wound, with a penetrating quality to the dark berry skin, coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Surprisingly perfumed for a wine with such high alcohol. Finishes very long and sweet, with powerful toothcoating tannins and a strong impression of extract. Lay this one down. (This was much better than my first bottle, which showed a more roasted quality and lacked lift.)" (IWC)

"What a nose of tangerines, dark fruits, spices and cigar box. Full bodied, with incredible concentration and power. It goes on for minutes. Mind blowing. Meat, dark chocolate, dried fruits, mushrooms. Turns to aniseed and black licorice. It is a wine with soul. How can Sangiovese be better? Better in 2014." (JS)

"This beautiful wine (gorgeous both in terms of execution and presentation) offers rich layers of mature fruit, chocolate, espresso and exotic spice. The wine’s texture is incredibly smooth, soft and persistent." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The overall judgement on the 2006 vintage is very positive, in particular for the quality level of the grapes brought in. Spring was characterised by temperate conditions, scarce rains, and lack of heat stress, all of which favoured sound, healthy fruit. Light rains during the summer helped maintain groundwater reserves for the vines. August was not excessively hot, with the result that ripeness in the various sections of the grape (pulp, skin, pip) developed evenly and with good balance. September and October brought sunny days, dry and crisp, which were the desired conditions for producing all of the qualities necessary to the making of high-quality, firmly-structured wines.

Luce Brunello appears ruby red with garnet highlights. Fragrances of wild berry fruit, such as blueberry and redcurrant, predominate on the nose; crisp notes of citrus follow, succeeded in turn by spicier impressions of forest underbrush, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, and black pepper, all lifted by intriguing nuances of star anice and China Calassaja bark. It develops full-bodied and warm in the mouth, with a forceful suite of tannins. This is a wine of incredible concentration and near-endless progression and finish.