92/100 James Suckling: 'A silky and soft-textured red with lots of fruit and tannins. Full-bodied, fresh and bright. Needs a year or two to soften. Excellent. Second wine of Luce.'
Luce and Lucente are wines from a joint venture between Frescobaldi (ITA) and Mondavi (USA).
The growing season was marked by a normal spring, with abundant rain distributed evenly throughout the season, followed by a hot, classically Mediterranean summer. The result was consistent vine development, leading to uniform ripeness across the vineyard blocks, producing sound, healthy grapes with high levels of colour and tannins.
Lucente 2013 displays a vibrant purple-red colour. Its rich, intense bouquet releases black cherry and wild berry, enriched with fascinating notes of pungent spice. The palate is smooth, with fi ne-grained tannins and an underlying impression of crisp balsam. Overall, this wine is complex, forceful, and elegant.