The 2007 vintage was excellent, and though it saw a reduction in quantity of 5%, the quality of grapes was exceptional. During the autumn months, favorable climatic conditions allowed the vineyards to accumulate reserves in the mineral elements needed to guarantee a very promising harvest. The spring months were mild, with low rainfall, little heat stress. Consequently, the maturation of Sangiovese grapes occurred gradually, in ideal weather conditions. The warm, sunny days and cool nights resulted in a perfect ripening cycle that will ensure that Luce Brunello 2007 perfectly expresses its noblecharacteristics. The appearance is a very intense ruby red. Rich aromas of blueberry, currant, blackberry, and sour cherry mingle nicely with a hint of violet and spicier notes of cardamom, star anise, tobacco, and liquorice. Impressions of coffee, cocoa, and minerals complete the bouquet. The entry on the palate is lavish with elegantly integrated tannins. The wine is full bodied, well structured, and reveals decisive characteristics of the Montalcino region. The finish is lengthy and pleasinglyintense.