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The Frescobaldi family, a Florentine dynasty devoted to the production of Tuscan wines, has been established in this historic land for over 1000 years. Its influence grew considerably during the period of the Republic of Florence, when the city's banking industry developed. In particular, the family was involved in the great works of the time, such as the Santa Trinita Bridge and the Santo Spirito Basilica. Located in the Montalcino area, southwest of the medieval city, Frescobaldi - Tenuta Luce della Vite is one of the family's estates that produces some of the greatest wines of Tuscany and of Italy.
The estate covers 192 hectares, of which 55 are planted with vines, and with an average density of 6100 vines per hectare. With an altitude between 350 and 420 hectares above sea level, Tenuta Luce Della Vite holds one of the highest vineyards in the area that produces IGT Toscana wines. The soils are rich in pebbles and sediment but lacking in organic materials, with a beautiful south-facing exposure that brings together the perfect conditions to produce great Sangiovese wines through a slow ripening process. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are planted on the lowest part of the vineyard, on clay soils.
The 2018 vintage was characterised by its winter and spring which were rainier than usual, allowing the soil to regenerate. At the same time, the rather high temperatures allowed the Sangiovese and Merlot to develop most uniformly. Rainy spells arriving at the time of flowering reduced the vineyard’s yield. Summer was dry and enjoyed regular, moderate temperatures. The temperature fluctuations between days and nights during harvest time allowed for a perfect ripening process and a sublime aromatic expression.
Winemaking and ageing
After the harvests, which took place in September, the grapes fermented for 12 days in cement tanks at 28°C. Pellicular maceration took place over 22 days so as to fully develop the aromatic expression of the cru. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in barrels. The wine is then aged for 24 months, 80% in new barrels and 20% in barrels of one previous wine. Bottling took place in December 2020.
Luce 2018 is a dark ruby red colour.
The aromatic bouquet reveals the harmony of black fruits such as blackberry, mixed with notes of marzipan and black pepper.
Luce 2018 is a supple wine with impressive volume. The tannic structure is very robust, offering a beautifully long finish and a most pleasant freshness.