Wine Of The Week – Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2008 

January 5, 2011 12:42 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2008 “Le Macchiole’s 2008 Bolgheri Rosso is a gorgeous wine. Ripe dark fruit melds into flowers, smoke, licorice, tar and minerals as this fresh, vinous red opens up in the glass. There is a wonderful purity and sheer density to the fruit that caresses the palate all the way through to the round, engaging finish. This is one of the more important vintages of the Bolgheri Rosso I can remember. Simply put, it is terrific. The Rosso is made from the estate’s second selection of vineyards. The quality of the 2008 augurs extremely well for the estate’s higher-end bottlings. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.”

Wine Advocate Issue 191, October 2010


The famous Tuscan estate Le Macchiole began in 1983 when winemaker Eugenio Campolmi  (returning to his family home in Bolgheri after studying winemaking in France in the late 1970’s) committed to Cinzia Merliproducing single-varietal wines from French vines in Tuscany, something that was almost unheard of at the time.

The present day Le Macchiole is a statement to the strength and perseverance of its owner, Cinzia Merli (pictured right).  After losing her husband very suddenly to brain cancer in 2002, she was faced with a difficult decision – to sell her husband’s legacy, or to carry on and keep building on what Eugenio had created over the past 20 years.  Cinzia had never been involved in her husband’s career – she chose a different career and was focused on raising her family.  The day that Cinzia decided to accept the challenge of keeping her family’s winery going while still raising her children was a historic day in the wine world and she has been the key factor in making Le Macchiole a member of the elite wineries of the world.

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