The estate was created at Bolgheri in 1983 as a result of Eugenio Campolmi’s desire to get closer to nature and establish an intimate relationship with his vines.
His idea was to start off from the vineyards, investing heavily in research and experimentation (including the use of varieties rarely planted in the area) and thus demonstrating that even a small estate can contribute towards making a wine region important. He and his wife, Cinzi Merli's, fruitful efforts paid off and now Le Macchiole is a highly acclaimed and respected vineyard.
Cinzi Merli, who now runs the vineyard (since her husband's passing in 2002), describes the Messorio as: "the perfect child: the one who works hard and who you can always be proud of. It is the wine that offers the utmost expression of the character of our terroir, and which displays structure, elegance and seductive perfumes. It is the iconic expression of our DNA. "
The Messorio is deep ruby red in color and the aromas of raspberry, redcurrant and tea are abundant. The wine is well balanced in spices and red fruits and is very persistent exhibiting mild tannins and luscious finish. This is an intense and rich wine for long ageing.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 96
"The 2004 Messorio is clearly the most complete of these 2004s. It is a remarkably elegant Messorio endowed with a seamless, layered personality that exudes generous dark plums, prunes, mint, licorice, smoke, chocolate and toasted oak. Despite its considerable appeal, it is a powerful, structured wine with a significant tannic backbone that will require patience. It shows well-integrated tannins, superb balance, and a seductive, inviting personality that is absolutely irresistible."
Wine Spectator (WS): 100
"Beautiful, subtle aromas of berries, cappuccino and black olive are amazing. Full-bodied, with ultrarefined tannins and a long, long finish. Goes on for minutes. Leaves me speechless. This is soulful. A Tuscan cult wine you don't want to miss. Merlot."