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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Le Macchiole Messorio 2004
Le Macchiole Messorio 2004
(search item no. 96286)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $299.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 99 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Messorio is widely considered to be one of Bolgheri's, if not Italy's, most outstanding renditions of pure Merlot. Intense ruby red with violet notes, tremendous ripe berry fruit on the nose with hints of pepper, spice, vanilla and voluptuous in body, with jammy red fruit exotic innuendoes, and smooth tannins.

"Beautiful, subtle aromas of berries, cappuccino and black olive are amazing. Full-bodied, with ultrarefined tannins and a long, long finish. Goes on for minutes. Leaves me speechless. This is soulful. A Tuscan cult wine you don't want to miss. Merlot. Best after 2012. 710 cases made."
-Wine Spectator

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About Le Macchiole:

Long before it was fashionable, Eugenio Campolmi saw the potential of his homeland, buying his first vineyard in Bolgheri in 1975 baptised "Le Macchiole". In 1987, he hired famed oenologist Vittorio Fiore as a consultant before the later was joined by Luca d'Attoma for years later. In contrast to his renowned neighbors who focused on Bordeaux blends, Campolmi focused on achieving the purest expression of individual varieties, crafting distinct wines of unprecedented quality. Soon Le Macchiole joined Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Guado al Tasso as one of the most prestigious estates in Bolgheri. Following Eugenio's death in 2002, his wife Cinzia Merli, who shares her husband's passion, took over at the estate. Working with Luca D'Attoma, she has carried on her husband's legacy by continuing to make great Tuscan wines.