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Luce acclaimed in James Suckling's Top 100

Distinguished wine critic names two Luce wines in his best of the world.

Luce 2010 was selected as the 10th wine in the Top 100 wines from all around the world by renowned wine critic James Suckling.

With an outstanding score of 98/100, Suckling applauded the wine, stating "this is clearly the greatest Luce ever".

It is described as "a wine with currants and blueberries with hints of flowers and spices" as well as "a full-bodied red with lots of chocolate, berry and vanilla character".

The Spring of 2010 was marked by frequent rainstorms, which made general production difficult, but had the benefit of building up groundwater reserves. Cool nights and warm, sunny days ran throughout September, right until harvest, producing grapes that arrived at the cellar with prime ripeness.

The Sangiovese and Merlot grapes were hand-selected and gently pressed, before separate fermentation of the grapes followed. The wine was then aged for 24 months in hand-split oak barriques, enhancing the complexity of the wine.

Suckling recommends the wine for 2015, to allow the flavours to soften and come together, finishing his review with one simple summation – "fabulous".

Also commended was the Luce Brunello 2008, receiving an exceptional score of 95/100, a rich and dark blend described by Suckling as "blackberry, floral and dark chocolate aromas [that] follow through to a full body, with a berry, nutty and mushroom character".

2008 can be remembered as the most rainy in the last decade, and average temperatures fell well below normal. Warm temperatures in July and August aided recovery during the vegetative period. A late spell of heat and sunshine in September eventuated in an excellent rate of maturity for the grapes, with the mild climate continuing throughout the harvest.

Grapes were hand-selected in October, and gently pressed before fermenting for four weeks. The wine was them aged for 36 months in hand-split oak barriques and Slavonian oak casks.

Cited as "one of the wines of the vintage", Suckling recommends the Luce Brunello 2008 be enjoyed in 2014.