2013 Luce della Vite Brunello di Montalcino

Year: 2013
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 88
James Suckling: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"A modern style, this boasts plenty of new oak, bringing vanilla, toast and resin elements, along with a layer of prickly tannins. Shows ample ripe fruit midpalate, and should integrate in two to three years. Best from 2022 through 2036. 100 cases imported. -BS " (WS)

"The Frescobaldi family is behind this very handsome bottle from Tuscany. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Luce is packed tight with brightness and sunshine. Compared to the family's other Brunellos made under the Castelgiocondo brand, this wine is more opulent, more concentrated and more modern or contemporary overall. It is designed to appeal to an international audience for sure and most certainly delivers the goods if you are looking for roundness, ripe fruit and thick texture. It is deliciously irresistible with bold cherry, exotic spice and tobacco. That bright acidity on the close will help the wine age carefully over the next 10 years." (WA)

"Very dark ruby with inky nuances. Savory herbal and peppery nuances complement more peppery black and blue fruit aromas. Dense and rich; a polished tannic spine and harmonious acidity support and extend the flinty blackberry and blueberry flavors on the long, cedar- and bell-pepper-accented back end. I am a big fan of Lamberto Frescobaldi, one of the true class acts in Italian wine, but I cannot believe he is really happy with how this Luce wine has turned out. " (VM)

"The citrus, dark fruit and leaf aromas are intense. Full body, polished and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Extremely structured and beautiful. Needs two or three years to soften." (JS)