Luce is a unique expression of Montalcino, a blend of nearly equal parts Merlot and Sangiovese. Montalcino lies approximately 20 miles south of Siena, and is considered the birthplace of some of the richest and most intense Tuscan wines, Brunellos made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso. Luce breaks from tradition by combining the richness of Merlot with the structure of Sangiovese.
The Luce vineyard—adjacent to Marchesi de' Frescobaldi's famous Brunello estate, Castel Giocondo—sits at elevations of 1300 to 1500 feet, one of the highest vineyard sites in Montalcino. At the bottom of the vineyard, the soils are rich in clay, perfect for Merlot. At the higher elevations, the well draining sandstone and limestone soil produce expressive Sangiovese.
Luce shines brightly as the very first blend of Sangiovese and Merlot from this highly-regarded Tuscan winemaking region. The history of the wine dates back to 1995, when Robert Mondavi of California and Vittorio Frescobaldi of Tuscany joined hands to create an Italian wine of extraordinary quality. Today, the vision of the Luce partnership is carried on by the Frescobaldi family, as sole proprietors they work diligently in the cellar and vineyards to produce a wine that truly expresses the region—sustainable agriculture honors
the unique slate and rocky limestone soils, yielding elegant Sangiovese and round, supple Merlot.
Luce inspired a second label, Lucente, a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.