LE MACCHIOLE, BOLGHERI

 

TUSCANY, ITALY

 

 

Bolgheri, located in Maremma along the stunning Tuscan coast, has become one of the most renowned wine growing regions in the world and is often referred to as “the Bordeaux of Italy.” In a region otherwise dominated by Sangiovese, Bordeaux varieties and blends are king in Bolgheri, made famous by iconic names like Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Le Macchiole. Today’s lineup of wines from Le Macchiole is a testament to why the terroir and wines of this region have become so celebrated: the 99-point 2016 Messorio is unbelievably complex, with intricate nuances of flavor; the 2016 Paleo Rosso is a profound example of how expressive and opulent a 100% Cabernet Franc wine can be; and though the 2018 Bolgheri Rosso is a fraction of the cost of its grand siblings, the winery holds that this unassuming red blend remains “the purest and most unadulterated expression of Bolgheri for Le Macchiole” (Le Macchiole). For collectors and fans of Super Tuscans, these wines are not to be missed. 

 

The first Messorio was bottled in 1994, with the dream of producing Merlot with the structure and complexity to be a monovarietal wine. The Merlot used in Messorio comes from the estate’s best vineyards and is meticulously managed in the vineyard and cellar. Forget anything you’ve previously heard about Merlot playing second fiddle to Cabernet Sauvignon or just adding a “soft” element to red blends—this wine, 100% Merlot, displays incredible finesse and breathtaking character. All the pieces come together in thrilling fashion, and the wine is, to put it plainly, unforgettable. 

 

Messorio deserves every bit of the attention it receives, but Paleo Rosso is not one to be overlooked. Indeed, “there’s little doubt that the single most exciting development in Italy (and not just in the Tuscan Coast) of the last 15 years [...] has been the realization of just how mesmerizingly good cabernet franc wines can be here. [...] The best of these highly aromatic, floral wines exude a fleshy, suave richness with lovely balancing acidity and are rarely marred by the overly pungent floral or bell pepper notes more common of cooler microclimates such as those of the Loire” (Ian D’Agata, Vinous). Paleo was bottled as a Bordeaux-style blend from 1989 to 2001, but since then has been 100% Cabernet Franc. 2016 was an incredible year, and the 2016 Paleo has wowed the critics with its tremendous depth and concentration. 

 

While Le Macchiole has built a reputation for its prized and collectible wines like those discussed above, the Bolgheri Rosso perfectly “sums up” the Bolgheri terroir and remains a key component of the small Macchiole portfolio. 2018 required significant oversight in the vineyard to combat the rain and soil moisture levels, but Macchiole’s team reported excellent grape quality overall; the 2018 Rosso is a blend of 40% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Syrah. Priced at a fraction of Messorio and Paleo, the Bolgheri Rosso is an unbeatable value that is easily enjoyed now, but will continue to drink well over the next several years; if you are interested in exploring the wines of the Tuscan Coast, this is a perfect place to start. We have secured special pricing for the entire lineup of Le Macchiole releases today, but please be aware that inventory is limited. Act quickly to secure your bottles before we sell out!

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2020. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer ONLY valid in AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, MD, NV, TX, VA, and WA. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, May 27, 2020.