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Le Macchiole

Bolgheri Rosso 2017

Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Bolgheri Rosso is a refined, irresistible blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, serving as an introduction to the estate. The wine is, frankly, almost too good at the price. All the intensive artisanal work that Le Macchiole carries out in its vineyards and cellars benefits this wine, and despite more availability than its Paleo Rosso, Messorio and Scrio siblings, it sells out nearly as quickly.

Wine Advocate "As usual, Le Macchiole has done a great job with all of its releases, including the lower-end bottles such as the 2017 Bolgheri Rosso. There is a sure sense of…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2017 Tech Sheet (91 WA)

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Paleo Bianco 2017

Toscana IGT

First produced in 1991 in tiny quantities for a local restaurant, Paleo Bianco today is a silky, mineral-driven blend of Chardonnay  and Sauvignon Blanc with loads of savory Mediterranean character. 

Wine Advocate "A blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Paleo Bianco is not quite as fleshed out as the 2016, as this wine came out a bit saltier and finer…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Bianco 2017 Tech Sheet (92 WA)

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Paleo Rosso 2015

Toscana IGT

Paleo Rosso has been called Italy's landmark expression of Cabernet Franc. It is named for a type of local wild grass, which once covered the land where its vines are now planted. Originally a blend of several different varieties, the wine has been made from 100% Cabernet Franc since 2001, and was the first mono varietal Cabernet Franc to be produced in Bolgheri. The grapes come from several vineyards on the estate, including Vignone, Madonnina, Puntone and Casa Nuova. Each vineyard is picked separately, and fruit from the same vineyard is often picked more than once at different stages of maturity, resulting in about 20 different pickings.

Wine Enthusiast "Black currant, exotic spice, coconut and espresso mingle with whiffs of violet and cedar. On the smooth, delicious palate, fine-grained tannins give elegant support to cassis, pipe tobacco, chocolate, licorice…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Tech Sheet (93 WE)

Wine Advocate "There is a gorgeous nuttiness to the 2015 Paleo. It is a highly aromatic expression of Cabernet Franc, with a bouquet of roses and some notes of red cherry. The…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Tech Sheet (96 WA)

Wine Spectator "This red is sleek and concentrated, featuring black currant, black cherry, licorice, tobacco and leather flavors. Balanced and juicy, with a long, mineral-tinged aftertaste. The firm structure will allow this…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Tech Sheet (94 WS)

Vinous Media "The 2015 Paleo Rosso is powerful, dense and super-concentrated, with all of the richness of the vintage very much on display. There is terrific persistence and follow through."

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Tech Sheet (95 VM)

James Suckling “There are so much essence-like fruits on the nose of this Bolgheri Rosso, from blackberry perfume and dark-cherry compote to fresher elements of rosemary, lavender, hot stones and citrus. Full…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Tech Sheet (97 JS) Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Shelf Talker (97 JS)

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Scrio 2015

Bolgheri DOC

Scrio was first produced in 1994. Le Macchiole founder Eugenio Campolmi created it because he wanted to produce a wine that would best express his vision of Syrah, his favorite grape variety. Scrio has an original personality and stands apart from Syrah grown in France or anywhere else - it is an extraordinarily compelling meld of deep and velvety Mediterranean fruit with cool climate aromatics and detail. Given the extremely limited production, Scrio is decidedly a hidden gem.

Wine Enthusiast "Aromas of black currant, cedar, bay leaf and a whiff of leather lead the way. On the firmly structured, elegant palate, fine-grained tannins support mature blackberry, black pepper and licorice."

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Tech Sheet (92 WE)

Wine Advocate "It's worth noting that the Scrio was not made in 2014, as Syrah did not reach the right maturity for the quality Le Macchiole looks for. The 2015 growing season…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Tech Sheet (95 WA)

Wine Spectator "Deep and saturated in both color and fruit, with core flavors of ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry, this red also offers interwoven notes of earth, vanilla, licorice and black…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Tech Sheet (95 WS)

Vinous Media "Cherry, chocolate, new leather, spice and menthol all flesh out in a wine that possesses notable power. Today, Scrio is mostly a wine of texture and density."

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Tech Sheet (93 VM)

James Suckling “A stunning syrah; the real McCoy for the variety. The depth of aroma takes your breath away with bark, tea leaves, peppermint, dried rosemary, thyme, sage, pressed violets, cedar, creme…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Tech Sheet (100 JS) Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Shelf Talker (100 JS)

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Messorio 2015

Toscana IGT

Messorio, a Merlot monovarietal, is the winery’s crown jewel. Its initial vintage was 1994, and since then it has received extraordinary acclaim, including a 100-point score from the Wine Spectator for the 2004 vintage. The name Messorio refers to the ancient Tuscan practice of wheat harvesting, the most important time of the year in the Bolgheri countryside - once it referred to wheat; these days, it is all about grape harvesting.

Wine Spectator "Seductive, yet packs a serious punch. Blackberry, black currant, cedar, iron, coffee and vanilla flavors unravel as this builds on the palate to a long finish. All the elements are…

Wine Enthusiast (Cellar Selection) "Cedar, clove, black currant, leather and Mediterranean herb aromas form the nose on this 100% Merlot. Smooth and enveloping, the full-bodied palate doles out mature black cherry, licorice, espresso and…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Messorio 2015 Tech Sheet (94 WE)

Wine Advocate "The 2015 Messorio is a true tribute to Merlot. It's not easy to faithfully render the distinctive characteristics of this grape, within such a tight margin of error, but the…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Messorio 2015 Tech Sheet (97 WA)

Vinous Media "The 2015 Messorio captures the Macchiole style beautifully. Ample, creamy and voluptuous, with tremendous depth, the 2015 has it all. Raspberry jam, chocolate, new leather, licorice and dark spice all…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Messorio 2015 Tech Sheet (96 VM)

James Suckling “An opulent nose that shows plum cake, blueberry muffins, dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, plum liqueur and hot stones. However, there just the right amount of freshness with thyme, violets and…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Messorio 2015 Tech Sheet (95 JS) Le Macchiole Messorio 2015 Shelf Talker (97 WS)

Le Macchiole

Scrio 2013

Bolgheri DOC

Scrio was first produced in 1994. Le Macchiole founder Eugenio Campolmi created it because he wanted to produce a wine that would best express his vision of Syrah, his favorite grape variety. Scrio has an original personality and stands apart from Syrah grown in France or anywhere else – it is an extraordinarily compelling meld of deep and velvety Mediterranean fruit with cool climate aromatics and detail. Given the extremely limited production, Scrio is decidedly a hidden gem.

James Suckling “Wow. This is the best syrah in Tuscany this year with incredible depth and beauty. The texture is so plush yet polished and caressing. Full body. The finish of chocolate, hazelnut, smoked…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2013 Tech Sheet (98 JS)

Le Macchiole

Paleo Bianco 2016

Toscana IGT

First produced in 1991 in tiny quantities for a local restaurant, Paleo Bianco today is a silky, mineral-driven blend of Chardonnay  and Sauvignon Blanc with loads of savory Mediterranean character. 

James Suckling "This shows some impressive concentration on the nose with grapefruit rind, apple pie, cream and spices. Full body, layers of intense fruit and a phenolic finish. Drink now."

Wine Advocate “The 2016 Paleo Bianco is mostly Chardonnay (90%) with a smaller element of Sauvignon Blanc (10%). This is a terrific white blend from the Tuscan coast that delivers loads of intensity,…

Related Materials: Le Macciole Paleo Bianco 2016 Tech Sheet (93 WA)

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Paleo Rosso 2014

Toscana IGT

Paleo Rosso has been called Italy's landmark expression of Cabernet Franc. It is named for a type of local wild grass, which once covered the land where its vines are now planted. Originally a blend of several different varieties, the wine has been made from 100% Cabernet Franc since 2001, and was the first mono varietal Cabernet Franc to be produced in Bolgheri. The grapes come from several vineyards on the estate, including Vignone, Madonnina, Puntone and Casa Nuova. Each vineyard is picked separately, and fruit from the same vineyard is often picked more than once at different stages of maturity, resulting in about 20 different pickings.

Wine Spectator “Rich yet focused, with flavors of black currant, olive, tobacco and iron. Features a dense grain, yet all the components work together, with balance and light tannins on the fresh, coffee-tinged finish.…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2014 Tech Sheet (93 WS)

Le Macchiole

Bolgheri Rosso 2016

Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Bolgheri Rosso is a refined, irresistible blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, serving as an introduction to the estate. The wine is, frankly, almost too good at the price. All the intensive artisanal work that Le Macchiole carries out in its vineyards and cellars benefits this wine, and despite more availability than its Paleo Rosso, Messorio and Scrio siblings, it sells out nearly as quickly.

James Suckling "A deliciously spicy nose with black peppers, dried violets, hyacinth, citrus, blueberries and crushed stones. Full body, medium-chewy tannins, vibrant acidity and a succulent yet fine finish. Drink now. A…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2016 Tech Sheet (92 JS)

Wine & Spirits Magazine “Cinzia Merli’s introductory red is lush and lively in the 2016 vintage. Merlot plays the leading role in its fresh blueberry flavors and velvety texture, while smaller portions of cabernet sauvignon and…

Le Macchiole

Messorio 2014

Toscana IGT

Messorio, a Merlot monovarietal, is the winery’s crown jewel. Its initial vintage was 1994, and since then it has received extraordinary acclaim, including a 100-point score from the Wine Spectator for the 2004 vintage. The name Messorio refers to the ancient Tuscan practice of wheat harvesting, the most important time of the year in the Bolgheri countryside - once it referred to wheat; these days, it is all about grape harvesting.

Wine & Spirits Magazine “Opens with delicate scents of thyme and lavender that lead into flavors of dark plum and pomegranate infused with bright acidity and cool, polished tannins. Layers of dark chocolate and teriyaki emerge…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Messorio 2014 Tech Sheet (93 W&S)

James Suckling “A little lean for Messorio but plenty of tobacco, cedar and berry character. Medium body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs two or three years to come together.”