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Luce is an iconic estate located in the hills of southwest Montalcino—originally identified as a perfect site by the Marchese Vittorio Frescobaldi in the 1960s and later launched as partnership between the Marchese and California wine legend Robert Mondavi. Luce was the first winery in Montalcino to produce a wine blended from Merlot and Sangiovese, resulting in Luce, a decadent, luxurious expression of the two varieties. The estate also produces a second wine called Lucente, as well as an acclaimed Brunello di Montalcino. The brand’s iconic name and packaging (Luce translates to “light” in Italian) was inspired by the altar at Santo Spirito in Florence – a landmark church built on land donated by the Frescobaldi family during the Renaissance.
The Frescobaldis took over full responsibility for the estate after their partnership with Mondavi was dissolved in 2004. The estate today consists of 615 acres of land, 217 of which are planted to vine – Sangiovese is planted in the higher elevation parcels (up to 1500 feet), which are rich in sandstone and limestone, while the lower altitude clay plots are better suited to Merlot. The Merlot is typically harvested mid-September, the Sangiovese three to four weeks later. The two varieties are blended together after fermentation and aged in 100% new French oak barrels. In 2017, the estate announced the completion of a brand new wine cellar, with state-of-the-art vinification facilities and a new dedicated winemaking team led by Stefano Ruini, who has more than 20 years of experience working for several Châteaux in the Médoc region.
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