Vinous 90 points - The 2011 Luce is a big, big wine. Masses of intense dark fruit open up in a decidedly powerful and tannic Luce. The combination of the heavily extracted style and the hot vintage gives the 2011 massive, dry tannins that will probably never fully soften. There is no shortage of power or structure here, that is for sure.
Wine Spectator 95 points - Polished and complex, featuring ripe black cherry, plum, mint, vanilla, chocolate, leather and tobacco aromas and flavors. Dense and tannic, with concentrated sweet fruit for balance. Finishes long and harmonious. Merlot and Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2035. From Italy.B.S.
Wine Spectator 2014 Top 100 #47
Luce was the first wine created in Montalcino by blending Sangiovese and Merlot. Combining the roundedness and softness of Merlot with the structure and elegance of Sangiovese might seem a rather obvious idea, and yet it took the insight and collaboration of the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi Families to launch this innovative project in the land of the world renown Brunello di Montalcino, a wine made strictly from Sangiovese.
In 2002 the responsibility passed entirely to Lamberto Frescobaldi, who continues to this day to write the history of Luce in the land of the world renown Brunello di Montalcino, joining the tradition of Sangiovese, so historic to this area, with the innovation represented by Merlot, introduced into Montalcino only in 1976.