2013 Le Macchiole "Messorio" Bolgheri (1.5L)

SKU #1312345 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A crazy good wine that flirts with perfection, the 100% Merlot 2013 Messorio comes from two vineyards, the Puntone vineyard planted in 1993 and the Vignone vineyard planted in 1999. Aged 20 months in 70% new barrels, it knocks it out of the park with its plum and black cherry fruit and background oak, chocolate, smoke, and mineral bouquet. A sensational wine in every way, with a huge, concentrated, viscous texture, building tannin, and no weight, it's going to stand toe to toe with the best Merlots in the world. Drink this beauty anytime over the coming two decades.  (3/2018)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 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. (ML)  (10/2016)

97 points Vinous

 The 2013 Messorio is the highlight in this range of new releases from La Macchiole. Ample and flamboyant on the palate, the 2013 exudes depth. The 2013 is naturally quite primary at this stage, but it will be magnificent with a few years in bottle. Messorio has a way of becoming exotic and visceral over time. Today, the 2013 is at the very early stages of that journey. (AG)  (11/2016)

97 points Wine & Spirits

 Cinzia Merli’s 2013 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.  (4/2017)

96 points James Suckling

 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. Better in 2019.  (7/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator

 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. (BS)  (9/2017)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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