SRP of $30 and available for as low as $22. Sample received courtesy Folio Wine for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“Lucente is Luce’s second wine, sourced from the same vineyards as Luce. The grapes are carefully selected to yield a wine with contemporary flair, that reflects its distinctive, unique terroir. It matures in oak barriques in the cellars of the winery at Montalcino, where it is then bottled.
We began our Saturday Splurge series 9 weeks ago and in that time we’ve found a number of really wonderful wines that are just outside of our $20 price point. We have not; however, covered any Italian wine in this series and so today we turn to Luce Della Vite Wine in Tuscany, Italy. And while I know I’ve stated in the past that label design shouldn’t really affect your purchase decision (it’s what inside the bottle that counts), I do have to admit that I love this label. But let’s get to the wine, shall we?
The 2009 Luce Della Vite Lucente begins with wonderfully strong and enticing aromas of blackberry and raspberry plus spice and licorice. The wine tastes rich and luscious with tons of delicious fruit countered by dusty tannins. A fabulous long, dry finish ends the lovefest and your left with lasting fruit notes and wistful memories. In other words, a silky smooth wine with wonderful flavors that is perfect for a Saturday Splurge!