2007 Luce della Vite Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2007
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 89
James Suckling: 97
Wine Enthusiast: 97
Red Wine
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"A rich, polished red, whose well-integrated tannins boost the cherry, plum, vanilla and cocoa flavors. Firms up on the finish, with balance overall and fine length. A modern style. Best from 2013 through 2021. 150 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Luce emerges from the glass with sweet, super-ripe red cherries, mint, licorice and tobacco. This is an especially huge, powerful wine endowed with tremendous richness and sheer size. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame the layered, explosive finish. The 2007 is much more elegant and polished than the 2006. The Luce spent three full years in French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. " (WA)

"Bright, dark red. Deep aromas of dark cherry, mocha and chocolate mint. Rich, ripe, lush and smooth, showing a slightly medicinal cabernet-like character as well as the exotic ripeness of the year. Solidly built and attractive wine with a strong oakiness throughout. Not at all in a floral, delicate style." (IWC)

"Luce della Vite opens with an opulent, generous style and is packed with black cherry, black currant, cola, leather and pipe tobacco. This is a plush, rich and deeply textured wine, with plenty of intensity and staying power. It shows dense tannins with a touch of youthful astringency. Age 10 more years." (WE)

"Aromas of dark fruits, with plums and lemon rind follow through to a full body with lots of juicy fruit and velvety tannins. Tannin quality is impressive. Hints of cocoa and spices. Intense finish. Try after 2014." (JS)

Winery Notes:
The 2007 vintage was excellent, and though it saw a reduction in quantity of 5%, the quality of grapes was exceptional. During the autumn months, favorable climatic conditions allowed the vineyards to accumulate reserves in the mineral elements needed to guarantee a very promising harvest. The spring months were mild, with low rainfall, little heat stress. Consequently, the maturation of Sangiovese grapes occurred gradually, in ideal weather conditions. The warm, sunny days and cool nights resulted in a perfect ripening cycle that will ensure that Luce Brunello 2007 perfectly expresses its noble characteristics.

The appearance is a very intense ruby red. Rich aromas of blueberry, currant, blackberry, and sour cherry mingle nicely with a hint of violet and spicier notes of cardamom, star anise, tobacco, and liquorice. Impressions of coffee, cocoa, and minerals complete the bouquet. The entry on the palate is lavish with elegantly integrated tannins. The wine is full bodied, well structured, and reveals decisive characteristics of the Montalcino region. The finish is lengthy and pleasingly intense.