How often do you find world-class Super Tuscans for less than $30? Never, until now! The new vintage of the Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso is sublime. Rated 95 points by James Suckling last year, the new vintage is going to earn similar marks, but by the time that press comes out, it’s going to be gone. Get it at Table Wine while supplies last.
2016 Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso
93 points JS (that’s me) — More press coming soon, guaranteed!
Ok, I’ve got to be honest. The 2016 vintage of this wine has only been reviewed by yours truly, but I’m going to go out on a limb here. Like the 2015 vintage, which scored 95 points with James Suckling and 90+ points with every other major wine writer, this wine will earn high marks again. Why? Because the 2016 Tuscany vintage was another great one. And legendary estates like Le Macchiole make solid wines, even in tough years. In great years, let’s just say they knock it outta’ the park.
This ravishing red combines Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah to create a lush, lively, and flavor-packed red. The Cab Franc contributes structure along with notes of dark fruit, complex spice, and eucalyptus. The Merlot adds a soft and suppleness to the wine, along with heady blueberry and blackberry flavors. And the Syrah lends hints of plum and black pepper. Trust me folks, it all adds up to a triumphant bottle of wine to drink now or over the next 5-7 years.
Many of you are familiar with Le Macchiole. For those who aren’t, let me bring you up to speed. Founded in 1983, this estate helped establish Bolgheri as one of Tuscany’s most prestigious zones. Regarded as ground zero for the Super Tuscan movement, Le Macchiole’s Cinzia Merli and her team craft some of Tuscany’s top wines. Interestingly, the do so without the use of any Sangiovese, Tuscany’s most famous grape. Cinzia feels that Bolgheri is too warm for Sangiovese, so she focuses entirely on Bordeaux and Rhone varieties. These grapes love the warm and sunny days of coastal Tuscany, and they ripen fully, yielding wines of class and sophistication.
If this year’s vintage goes over as well as last year’s version (and I predict it will), this one will be sold out in no time. Good news is I have 7 cases in stock, bad news is I can’t get any more once that’s gone. I’ll see you soon. Until then, cheers and happy drinking and eating in the AVL!
Owner/Operator at Table Wine