I was going to sit down and write, I mean blog about a Gattinara, but that will have to wait. Let’s go south in to Tuscany and talk about a Tuscan wine that blue me away, yes I spelled blue correctly. The reason being is when I had my first sip of this wine I was a little blue, it was very tannic and closed in, very tight. As I was heating my tortilla soup I decided to take a quick shower, of course I took my wine in with me. Not sure if it was the shower or the wine but everything got better.
A bowl of soup later the wine was beyond good. The tannins stepped into the background the Merlot came forward and the Sangiovese stayed exactly where is should, two steps behind. A slight earthiness, but the thing that impressed me the most was it was just a really good red wine. If you are preparring any Italian dinner that involves red sauce, consider making this your wine to enjoy with your meal.
I’m writing about the La Vite Lucente 2012 Tuscan; 75% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese. I’m thinking it is time for me to be quiet and let the winemaker’s notes suffice.
“Lucente 2012 has a deep purple color. The bouquet is powerful, with aromas of ripe fruit, black cherry, and wild strawberry. Pleasant sweet spices and hints of Mediterranean scrublands bring out the complexity of this wine. The palate is round and velvety with fine tannin texture and
Ps, in my opinion the fine tannins come about an hour after being opened. At PJ’s for $19.99!
James Suckling – “Aromas of blackberries, minerals and fresh herbs. Full body, firm tannins and a savory, juicy aftertaste. Hints of toasted oak. The second wine of Luce. Needs time to soften but delicious already. “92 Points!
2011: James Suckling 93, Wine Spectator 90
2010: James Suckling 93
2008: Robert Parker 90