WINE REVIEW: Tenuta Luce 2018 ‘Lucente’, Toscana, IGT, Italy ($30)
by Andrew Chalk
Lucente is the ‘baby brother’ of Luce. A 50/50 blend of sangiovese and merlot, making it constitutionally a ‘super tuscan’. The grapes are grown in two elevations. The higher elevation has limestone and sandstone, ideal for sangiovese. Lower levels have clay, ideal for merlot.
The harvested grapes are fermented for 10 days in stainless steel and then macerated on the skins for 20 days. Ageing is 12 months in French oak barriques (85% new).
Appearance: Opaque ruby receding to translucent ruby verging on garnet;
Nose: Sprightly dry fruit in the nose gives away the
Palate: Medium plus acid, grippy, firm tannins. Earthy tones.