Wine Advocate 93 points - As the years go by I appreciate the timeless beauty of the Luce della Vite label design. I can’t think of a label that I like to look at more. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a plump and juicy wine that is packed tight with all the flavors and goodies you should expect from this celebrated appellation. The Frescobaldi family has taken great care to move away from the overripe and over-extracted style that they championed in the past. Instead, we’ve started to see elegant and streamlined expressions from this historic Tuscan estate. I would say that this tendency also applies to this wine, although the warm 2011 vintage definitely leaves its mark. The wine is rich and fruit-forward with opulent and fleshy layers. It is coming along nicely despite some young fruit sourness that should flesh out with a few more years of cellar aging. I suggest you drink this wine after 2018.
12 of the 55 hectares under vine on the Luce della Vite estate are officially listed in the Register for Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. These vines yield the fruit for Luce Brunello, the winery’s tribute to the noble wine that emerged in Montalcino in the second half of the 19th century and the first to obtain, in 1980, the status of DOCG (Denominazione d’Origine Controllata e Garantita). Luce Brunello thus continues solidly on the path of excellence inspired by the uniqueness of its territory of origin.