January 20, 2023

Tuscan estate Tenuta Luce has announced the release of the Lucente 2020 vintage wine for international markets, including the United States. 

Tenuta Luce is a partnership between Robert Mondavi of Napa Valley, California and Vittorio Frescobaldi of the Marchese de Frescobaldi winemaking family. Since 1998 the company has represented its 249 hectare estate, which has 88 hectares of vineyards, in the Parco Naturale della Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

The new Lucente 2020 wine has been described as a blend of Sangiovese and merlot that is grown on the company’s estate vineyards.

 “The 2020 growing season was characterised by a winter that was predominantly dry and mild, which led to an early, homogeneous budbreak in the second week of March for Sangiovese and one week later for Merlot,” said Alessandro Marini, a winemaker who works with Tenuta Luce. 

“The spring was mostly sunny with some rain episodes in May, which supported successful flowering. The rain showers in the first weeks of June prepared the vines to cope with a long, hot summer. The harvest started on September 3rd with the best conditions: sun-filled days and significant day-night temperature fluctuations, which allowed us to harvest healthy grapes with perfect phenolics and an extraordinary aromatic balance.” 

The wine itself has been described as having a ruby colour, with notes of blueberry and blackberry. The blend of Merlot and Sangiovese grapes were harvested around September, and were fermented for 10 days before being macerated for 20 days and matured for at least one year in oak barrels. 

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