le macchiole, messorio, toscana 2002
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.