Red Wine Le Macchiole - Messorio

2012

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Le Macchiole - Messorio
SKU
83177-12/6PK
SKU
83177A-12/1PK
James Suckling 96
Robert Parker 97
Vinous Media 96
Wine Enthusiast 92
Wine Spectator 95
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Technical Info

Estate

Founded in 1983 by Cinzia Merli and her late husband Eugenio Campolmi, Le Macchiole is situated in the Bolgheri DOC area, on the Tuscan coast. Le Macchiole has 54 acres of vineyards and is known for crafting single variety wines made from 100% Cabernet Franc, 100% Merlot and 100% Syrah. Le Macchiole is notable for being the first winery in the region to produce a monovariety Cabernet Franc wine, and the first to adopt high density planting. Cinzia manages the winery and estate with her brother Massimo Merli, winemaker Luca Rettondini and with her son Elia working alongside them.

Vineyard

Messorio is grown on two estate parcels:
Puntone and Vignone, from notably
restricted yields (800 grams per plant).

Vinification

Messorio saw a 25-day fermentation
maceration period in wood and steel
tanks. Aging lasted for 20 months in oak
barriques, with 75% new and 25% second
passage. Approximately 10,000 bottles were
produced.

Vintage

Harvest 2012 has certainly been, for Le
Macchiole, one of the longest in recent
memory (no less than 43 days!), owing to
special and favorable weather conditions
that gave grapes time to reach the optimum
technical and phenolic ripening level.
Vintage 2012 is excellent in terms of quality
and slightly below normal as far as quantity
is concerned. However, the low grape yield
gave wines with great aromatic balance,
distinguished by fresh and mineral notes,
elegant tannins and rich and juicy on the
palate.

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