2012 Luce della Vite Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2012
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92+
James Suckling: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"Shows fine balance between the fresh cherry and berry fruit, with savory, wild herb and spice notes and a solid backbone of acidity. The tannins build on the finish, leaving a dusty, mouthcoating sensation. Best from 2021 through 2035. 266 cases imported. -BS " (WS)

"Luce della Vita is a second important brand owned by the Frescobaldi family in Montalcino. Their other historic estate is the Tenuta Castelgiocondo with a beautiful villa overlooking the vineyards. The Luce brand does extremely well in foreign markets thanks to its elegant marketing and packaging. The Luce della Vite 2012 Brunello di Montalcino sees an annual production of approximately 25,000 bottles. The wine is styled with contemporary flair. The color is richly saturated and inky dark with bright ruby highlights. The color is very attractive. Bold cherry and blackberry emerge from the bouquet, and there's a generous amount of oak spice and toast to speak to an international palate. Integrated oak tannins are folded within the wine's rich and fruity consistency." (WA)

"Dark red-ruby. Deep aromas of black cherry, licorice, and forest floor. Rich and dense, with medicinal dark fruit and very strong savory characters dominating. Lovely depth and building complexity here, but turns slightly austere on the back end, finishing very firmly tannic, with sneaky length. This really needs to be laid down for a decade or so before it will show fully just how much it ahs to offer." (VM)

"Blackberry and coffee-bean character with hints of black tea. Full body, firm, silky and chewy tannins and a focused finish. Tight and precise. Very muscular for the vintage. Needs time to soften. Better in 2020. " (JS)

"The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino (100% Sangiovese brought up 10% new Slovenian oak) sports a deep ruby color as well as lots of spice and sandalwood notes supported by ample ripe cherry fruits, unsmoked tobacco, graphite and dried earth aromas and flavors. Elegant, forward, medium to full-bodied, and ready to go, drink this beautiful Brunello anytime over the coming decade." (JD)