February 24, 2020
A Note from Sergio
Eugenio Campolmi, who passed away in 2002, authored something of a fairytale in founding his estate, Le Macchiole. A Bolgheri native, Eugenio was something of a hometown hero, and when he founded Le Macchiole, he created some of the world's most sought-after boutique wines, including the estate's outstanding Merlot bottling, Messorio. Back then, Le Macchiole's neighbors Tenuta San Guido and Tenuta dell'Ornellaia were making about 10,000 cases of their signature wines every vintage, while Eugenio produced just 400 cases of his handcrafted Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Those big estates dwarfed Eugenio's tiny upstart, yet Le Macchiole's wines held their own against the big boys.
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Even when it was a very young estate, Le Macchiole's wines won favor with critics and connoisseurs and securing them became a challenge. I remember opening the shop in 1999 and at the top of my wish list was Le Macchiole's extraordinary Messorio, its showstopping Merlot; two decades later, nothing has changed. Under the guidance of Cinzia Merli, Eugenio's widow, and her team, Le Macchiole's wines remain cult inspiring and hard to find. Strong willed and resourceful, Cinzia is one of the great women in Italian wine. She carried on the work of the estate without missing a beat; her spirit imbues Le Macchiole's wines, gives them life, and showers them with love.
Today, I'm proud to debut Cinzia's terrific 2016 Messorio, an exquisitely focused embodiment of its banner growing year. People have been making a fuss over 2016's Super Tuscans--the year gifted winemakers with weather that was warm but not too hot, and a growing season that lasted longer than normal. These conditions usually produce ripe, explosive wines that grab you and don't let go. This '16 Messorio is a different animal. It slinks around its warm vintage, graceful and muscular and a little shy, but with a little time, this wine is going to be glorious. If you love classic Bolgheri Merlot, you need this wine. It's stunning.
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