Rich but not over-opulent, full of black fruit - black cherry and blackberry, with a cedary note in the middle, with liquorice and savoury depth. Decant or give it time to open up in the glass, there's a lot going on and it evolves slowly as it unfurls. Definitely approachable now, with a good ten years ahead. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 L&S (Nov 2019)
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I have tasted this wine a number of times and it ranges from 97 to 98 points in my scoring. The subtlety and depth to this is amazing. Aromas of ripe fruit, chili powder, and toasted oak with hints of rosemary follow through to a full body, with very fine tannins and a long finish. Integrated and attractive now, but better in 2014. Drinking range: 2014 - Rating: 98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Dec 2012)
On the herbal side, but that meshes with the cherry, currant and cedar aromas and flavors, providing a Bordeaux-like profile. Elegant and harmonious, featuring a discreet, underlying structure, with fine balance and length. Merlot. Drinking range: 2014 - 2024 Rating: 93 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator(Oct 2012)
Initially put onto the wine map by Eugenio Campolmi in 1983, the Le Macchiole estate has been run by his wife Cinzia since 2002. In the heart of Bolgheri, with 22 hectares of vineyard over much of the best soils of the region these are, along with the Sassicaia and Ornellaia's vineyards, also among the oldest and most established vines in Bolgheri. Their careful selection of grape varieties and cultivation techniques according to climate and soil has led them to concentrate on Merlot, Syrah and most importantly Cabernet Franc, a variety which can express itself so well in the hands of Le Macchiole.
All of their wines are marked by a unique and unmistakable character. Full bodied wines, and yet with clean and elegant flavours, leading to great freshness and finesse, they are incredibly sought after world-wide. The estate has been organic since 2002, and they are experimenting with biodynamics.
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