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Taste Lucente by Robert Mondavi and Marchesi Frescobaldi at this week’s Super Tuscan dinner (Nov. 17)

In the 1970s, Robert Mondavi (above) and the Mondavi family showed the world that California’s Napa Valley was capable of producing world-class wines that could compete with the finest bottlings of France.

In the 1990s, at the peak of his success, Mondavi turned not to France but to his own Italian roots when he partnered with one of the greatest names in Italian wine, Frescobaldi, who had been making fine wine in Tuscany since the late 19th century.

The result of their partnership was Lucente, a Merlot, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon blend grown in Frescobaldi’s ancient Tuscan vineyards in Montalcino (where Brunello di Montalcino is produced) and transformed into wine using Mondavi’s ground-breaking technology in the cellar. Many have called Lucente “the first Super Tuscan from Montalcino.”

Siena’s owners Stan and Debbie Adams often point to Lucente as one of their favorite wines on their restaurant’s list: a marriage of Old World terroir and New World style.

This Wednesday, taste one of their favorite wines paired with Chef Harvey’s Osso Buco di Agnello (braised lamb shank with aromatic vegetables and fresh herbs on soft white corn polenta with goat cheese and mint gremolata).

Weds., Nov. 17, 2010
7:00 p.m.
5 courses, 6 wines
click here for menu
$59 per person

Call (512) 349-7667 to reserve.

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