The Le Macchiole Estate is comprised of five vineyard plots totaling a mere 22 hectares; about 54 acres. The vineyards are some of the oldest in Bolgheri, surpassed only by Sassicaia. Today we’re spotlighting the 2010 Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso that comes from the largest vineyard on the estate; the Vignone.
We decanted the wine for 60 minutes and served it alongside grilled chicken with rosemary and marinated Tuscan white beans; a recipe I “stole” from Dario Cecchini’s Officina!
In the glass, the wine is a brilliant, shimmering purple with violet reflections. The aroma is persistent with spicy coffee notes in the background and the foreground dominated by rich, ripe dark fruits with hints of sweet tobacco, vanilla and mint. I love the way it smells.
In the mouth, the wine is rich, full bodied and elegant, with a generous core of black fruits accented by mineral, toasty cocoa and fresh herbs. The balance is lovely and the tannins perfectly integrated. Outstanding quality for the price. 93 points, about $20-$25.
|~ Pre-dinner with a small wedge of Alta Badia Cheese from Alto Adige. Bolgheri Rosso is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah and is the only blend Le Macchiole produces ~|