Luce was the first wine created in Montalcino by blending Sangiovese and Merlot. Combining the roundedness and softness of Merlot with the structure and elegance of Sangiovese might seem a rather obvious idea, and yet it took the insight and collaboration of the Marchesi de Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi Families to launch this innovative project in the land of the world renown Brunello di Montalcino, a wine made strictly from Sangiovese.
In 2002 the responsibility passed entirely to Lamberto Frescobaldi, who continues to this day to write the history of Luce in the land of the world renown Brunello di Montalcino, joining the tradition of Sangiovese, so historic to this area, with the innovation represented by Merlot, introduced into Montalcino only in 1976.
Varietal: Sangiovese Red Blend
Region: Rosso di Montalcino
Montalcino is Tuscany's rocky, hilly, walled medieval village, and located 1800 feet above sea level. Vineyards planted on the cooler northern slopes tend to produce wines that are provocative and aromatic, while the warmer southern slopes tend to produce wines with more power and complexity. The top producers in the area have vineyards on both slopes, and make use of a blend of both styles. The Rosso di Montalcino by law is aged one year as apposed to the four year aging in a Brunello di Montalcino and comes from the less ideal vineyards in Montalcino which means the yield of the Rosso is not as limited as the Brunello di Montalcino. It can range from a soft, young style to a wine capable of long aging.