It's hard to believe that Eugenio Campolmi was just 40 when he passed away in 2002. In a short time at his estate, Le Macchiole, he created some of the world's most sought-after boutique wines, including the estate's outstanding Merlot bottling, Messorio. Le Macchiole started as a tiny estate--its Bolgheri neighbors Tenuta San Guido and Tenuta dell'Ornellaia were making 10,000 cases of their signature wines when the determined Eugenio produced just 400 cases of his handcrafted Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc.
Even when it was a very young estate, Le Macchiole's wines won favor and securing them became as challenging as producing them. I remember opening the shop in 1999 and at the top of my wish list was Le Macchiole's extraordinary Messorio; seventeen years later, and 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 and keeps bringing me back to them.
Today, I'm proud to bring back Cinzia's terrific 2011 Messorio, a great embodiment of the richness of this warm weather vintage. Along with this collector Italian wine, I'm delighted to announce that the 2013 Rosso di Montalcino from Baricci has arrived. This is one of the best under $30 wines you can find--I'll never forget the first time I ever had Baricci's Rosso; it was a vintage bottle about a decade ago at one of my favorite Montalcino restaurants, and it was outrageous. Finally, Burgheads won't want to miss the Latour-Giraud 2013 Pommard La Refène; it's an intense ride.