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Italian Substitutes for Popular Wine Styles

Pix.wine published an article encouraging consumers to change things up next time they need to purchase a bottle and explore the world of Italian wines, including Tenuta Luce della Vite “Lucente” 2018. The writer explains, “a great Italian substitute for a California Cabernet Sauvignon wine with deep color and lots of extracted fruit is a Toscana I.G.T. or Super Tuscan, which are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese blends.”

After recommending Lucente, she explains, “this wine is the affordable little brother of Luce, a Super Tuscan born of a collaboration between Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi, and the first wine from Montalcino that blended Sangiovese and Merlot grapes. Today the project belongs solely to Frescobaldi. ThisĀ  deeply colored, ruby red offers a bold aroma profile with notes of blackberry, dried fruit, vanilla, and cocoa. It is full bodied, very smooth, and sits between dry and off dry, with a good backbone of acidity. Let it breathe for a few moments in a decanter before serving.” Read the full story HERE

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    Tenuta Luce

    Luce Lucente 2018

    Toscana IGT

    Lucente is the second wine of Luce, a wine with contemporary style, immediate and great pleasure, and like its elder sibling, an authentic interpretation of Montalcino and the Luce estate.

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    Tenuta Luce

    Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

    Today, Luce goes so much further than was originally envisioned when started as a project over 20 years ago. The estate now has some of the most exceptional vineyards in Montalcino and, as of 2018, a state of the art winery to nurture every step of the winemaking process. The original vision, however, remains the same: to produce a bold and ambitious Super Tuscan that reflects the culture of Montalcino.