Birth of a vintage
The flow of time in the vineyard follows two different trajectories: there’s the linear series of days, weeks and months; and then there’s the cyclical sequence of the seasons. But even when the calendar seems relentlessly identical, weather conditions may vary from one year to the next. A topic as current as ever.
Indeed, it is the different weather conditions featuring each season in the vineyard, compared to the same period the previous year, that leads to the importance of a vintage for wine. Each wine, resembles not just the region where it is born, the grape varieties of which it is made, and the different seasons, but also the peculiar characteristics of that very spring, of that summer and so on.
So here’s a description of the latest vintages of the wines at Tenuta Luce, as presented also on Birth, which you can find at this link.
Lux Vitis 2015
After the winter season with regular rainfall, which contributed to maintaining the significant water reserves previously accumulated, the grapevines began sprouting early in April. Plants developed regularly, thanks to a dry and sunny climate, which kept the vineyard healthy throughout the vegetative period. The summer was hot but made milder thanks to two significant rain showers early in August: the perfect conditions were thus created favouring an intense, stress-free and uniform ripening of the grapes. Lux Vitis could therefore fully develop its rich, complex and Mediterranean character. On the nose, the spicy notes of ginger bread and of ripe cherries stand out. In the mouth, Lux Vitis shows its power, with compact, precise tannins and a concentrated but not overbearing structure, with a stimulating freshness balanced by a sense of sweetness. The finish shows a remarkable length.
2016, in Montalcino, featured a regular climate, without excessive rainfall and without excessive heat. The climate made it possible for the terroir to stand out, thanks to the perfect ripening of the grapes, which was made possible by the weather that preceded harvesting. Hence Luce 2016 is a wine with a deep colour, a mellow bouquet of fresh fruits, and very pleasant, elegant tannins, clearly present but without becoming pervasive. Sincere, juicy, it offers a pleasant balance between freshness, fruit and texture. Very elegant finish.
Lucente 2016 Lucente also enjoyed the climate of 2016. In the case of Merlot and Sangiovese, the grapevines started sprouting a little eaerlier than usual. Despite the moderate rainfall, the temperatures were not too high, which limited the hydric stress, guaranteeing a gradual and complete ripening of the grapes. Lucente 2016 thus developed scents of perfectly ripe dark fruits with notes of black currants and blackberries, and spicy tones. On the palate it is juicy, sapid, balanced in its freshness, with silky tannins. Its fine complexity is enriched by Mediterranean notes.
Luce Brunello 2014 The spring of 2014 was sunny and with pleasant temperatures. Thanks to a fresh summer and a few beneficial rain showers, the grapes reached optimal ripening. Towards harvest, the climate was perfect: sun, no rain, precious daily temperature excursions. All this led to fantastic grapes for an excellent Brunello. Luce Brunello 2014 welcomes us with notes of kirsch and spicy scents and balsamic and complex nuances. On the palate, it shows strength and substance but without exceeding and is already round, revealing a moderate minty freshness too.