Le Macchiole 'Messorio' IGT 2018
Wine Advocate 98 - The Messorio is a truly divine creation that puts Merlot on a well-deserved pedestal. This is a complete wine that accurately doses out its intensity and persistence with stopwatch precision. Dark fruit, blackberry, spice, leather, tar and tobacco are folded together into a homogeneous whole. The wine is supported by finely integrated tannins with lovely dark fruit flavors and beautifully plush textural richness. Thanks to the vintage warmth, the 2013 vintage is similar to 2011. But this current release presents a more delineated sense of freshness that holds it firmly stitched together. The finish is succulent and beautifully layered. Some 10,500 bottles were produced. This is a stunning wine that will not fade for decades to come.
Wine & Spirits 97 - Cinzia Merli’s Messorio offers a thrilling combination of power, concentration and agility. “Unapologetic” was one taster’s reaction to the intensity of the wine’s lush fruit and vibrant spices. It rested for 20 months in French oak barriques (75 percent new), and opens with scents of toasted vanilla, dark chocolate and cardamom. The fruit flavors of black plum and forest berries are lusciously ripe, so dense that the acidity is hard to detect, yet it’s evident in the wine’s energetic freshness. Tight tannins feel cool and polished, supporting the rich fruit and spice flavors over several days as the wine takes on a wet-rock minerality that augments the firm structure. This is world-class merlot, with a long and layered finish that signals the potential for many years of positive development in the cellar.
Wine Spectator 96 - An impressive array of plum, cherry, vanilla, toast and stone flavors are the hallmarks of this powerful yet polished red, showing excellent concentration and purity matched to freshness and length. There is a sense of youthful harmony that should improve as this mellows with time. Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2038.
James Suckling 96 - Beautiful richness and balance to this red with very velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Love the intensity and silkiness. Plus the flavor of chocolate, black olive and dark fruits is captivating. Pure merlot.
Wine Enthusiast 93 - Made from 100% Merlot grapes, this boasts ripe red berry, cassis, espresso, vanilla and chopped mint aromas. The densely concentrated palate doles out ripe cassis, licorice, tobacco and sage flavors, blanketed in velvety tannins.
Messorio is 100% Merlot, from low yields of around 800 grams per plant. The term "Messorio" in Tuscan dialect refers to the workers who harvest the grain. Messorio is vinified in wooden vats. Aging lasts for 18 months in oak barrels with 75% new and 25% second passage. It is a complex wine with austerity, virility and elegant structure.