Illuminati Controguerra Lumen Riserva 2006
Wine AdvocateThe 2006 Controguerra Riserva Lumen (70% Montepulciano, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon) is another super-ripe, dense wine but here the fruit seems better suited to elevage in French oak. Clean mineral notes frame blackberries, graphite, spices, flowers and grilled herbs. The tannins turn imposing on the finish, but all of the elements are in perfect balance for the Lumen to develop into a gorgeous wine. This large-scaled, expressive red is a fabulous effort from Illuminati. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
Wine SpectatorDark notes of salted licorice, spice, mesquite and tar frame a core of crushed black plum and blackberry flavors, which fight through the very toasty finish. Montepulciano and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now.