2002 le macchiole, messorio, toscana
Why We're Buying
When people look for textbook IGT Toscana, they look at Le Macchiole. The Tuscan estate is responsible for Messorio, a 100 merlot that sells for more than $200 per bottle. The single-varietal wine is considered the estate's crown jewel due to its timeless elegance and graceful aging.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Messorio (100 Merlot) presents dark fruit, tar and licorice notes along with a powerful, brooding personality. While it doesn’t have the volume or expansiveness of the finest vintages, it is nevertheless an outstanding effort showing notable harmony as well as balance. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2017.
The 2002 is one of the revelations in this tasting. It is a delicate Messorio with more than a passing resemblance to Pinot Noir in its elegant and expressive bouquet. All of the typical Messorio aromas and flavors are there, but in a small-scaled, hushed style of the vintage. Roasted coffee beans, herbs and licorice linger on the finish. The 2002 will never be a blockbuster, but it is one of those wines that will surprise for its balance and sublime elegance when it is opened years from now.