2013 "Messorio" Rosso Toscana IGT, Le Macchiole
A vintage of the highest quality due to the year’s special weather conditions and to a careful management of the vineyards. After a rainy winter season, spring weather was cool throughout late May, which slowed down the grapes’ flowering and growth for about 10-15 days leading to uneven flowering and, consequently, to a lower grape yield. Temperatures began to rise around mid-July, with large night-day temperature variation. The veraison process got off to a slow start in late July. The slow and even ripening of the clusters led to perfect phenolic maturation and development of a great varietal character.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2013 Messorio is a truly divine creation that puts Merlot on a well-deserved pedestal. This is a complete wine that accurately doses out its intensity and persistence with stopwatch precision. Dark fruit, blackberry, spice, leather, tar and tobacco are folded together into a homogeneous whole. The wine is supported by finely integrated tannins with lovely dark fruit flavors and beautifully plush textural richness. Thanks to the vintage warmth, the 2013 vintage is similar to 2011. But this current release presents a more delineated sense of freshness that holds it firmly stitched together. The finish is succulent and beautifully layered. Some 10,500 bottles were produced. This is a stunning wine that will not fade for decades to come.
Robert Parker 98