OENOFOROS Product Details 0350 Oenoforos Le Macchiole Messorio 2016
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LE MACCHIOLE MESSORIO 2016
Country: Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri
Grape Varieties: 100% Merlot
AWARDS
Robert Parker 99/100
James Suckling 96/100

Harvest period:
2nd and 3rd week of September
Winemaking:
fermentation and maceration for 30 days in concrete
Ageing:
19 months in new oak barriques

"This expression of Merlot is explosive and profound. The 2016 Messorio presents an absolute textbook rendition of Merlot that can be read and appreciated in terms of the layering and overlapping textures of the wine as it rolls over the palate. There is a point of sweetness on the palate, and the wine also shows a bright point of acidity that makes for a great balancing act. I tasted this wine twice, and at my first tasting, I tried it next to the 2015 vintage, thus putting me in a better position to directly compare the two. Whereas the 2015 edition came off as more velvety and soft, the 2016 vintage displays exceptionally crafted precision. This is an incredible wine."
ROBERT PARKER -99/100

Food Pairing:
Beef and Venison

Messorio, first produced in 1994, Messorio was a personal challenge with one of the most planted varieties in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast, and in the world: Merlot. From the start, the idea was to transform the best bunches into an impactful wine with a lot of personalities, staying as far away as possible from the more soft, predictable style that is often associated with Merlot and instead of making a thoroughbred eager to win the race. The name “messorio” refers to the wheat harvest, one of the most fundamental parts of the agricultural cycle.
Case Bottles: 6
Product Id: 0350

BOTTLE

€195,00

CASE PRICE

€1.170,00
Available Stock: 20 items
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The Grape
Merlot
The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at its best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy