Touched by the same magic that challenges Ornellaia for the throne of Italian Merlot, this rich and silky blend is an outlandishly good value from Le Machiole, called the “true summit of excellence” by Antonio Galloni. Aromas of baked plums and bright currants find echoes of the wild herbs growing near the vines. Old World character meets New World power in this ripe and savory red that drinks well above its price point.
Le Macchiole [MOCK-E-ol-eh] is one of the greatest producers in Tuscany’s Bolgheri zone, which is similar to the Napa Valley in its climate and style of wines. Just down the road from Sassicaia and Ornellaia, Le Macchiole was founded in 1983 by Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli, both natives of Bolgheri. Eugenio passed away some years ago, and today Cinzia still runs the domaine. It is no overstatement to say that the wines of Macchiole are some of the finest wines produced in Bolgheri, but in all of Italy. They simply have it all: Perfume, grace, purity, balance, and POWER. They define “great stuff,” our entire modus operandi. A mixed case of these wines would be such a great play for your cellar. If you’re not yet hip to Macchiole, these are the kinds of wines that will have you calling to thank us for the recommendation for years to come.
Bright blackberry, black currant and cedar flavors run into resinous oak and vanilla notes in this dense red. The core of ripe fruit lingers despite muscular tannins adding grip.