(From 2007 Vintage) A strikingly luminous purple-red greets the eye, with shimmering ruby highlights. The nose is just as impressive, presenting a broad range of elegant aromatic impressions. Smooth, ripe scents of dried plum and blackberry preserves are easily noted, along with more pungent roasted espresso bean and baker's chocolate, and subtle notes of green pepper. The palate is notable for its warmth and roundedness, displaying smooth, glossy tannins, and a well-balanced acidity offers delicious support to a sturdy, firm structure. Intriguing notes of salty mineral on the finish conclude this finely-balanced, harmonious wine.
The 2004 Luce underscores just how well Merlot works with Sangiovese, filling out the frame and softening some of the asperities just as it does with Cabernet in Bordeaux. A full ruby color, ripe, intense, and spicy. The wine is packed on the palate, broad, substantial, and long with the muscles and velvet that only the classiest of wines manage to exhibit.
Wine & SpiritsRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 04/08
Wine AdvocateRating: 86/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 171 on Jun-07