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'twant to miss. Merlot. 710 cases made.
Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Oct 31, 2007
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92
Dark ruby. Refined aromas of blackcurrant, coffee liqueur and cassis are complicated by minty and herbal notes, but this also exhibits (like the Paleo) some rather obvious coconut. Beautifully suave on the palate and lighter in style than other famous Italian merlots, this exhibits compelling flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, and almost garrigue-like spices. Finishes smoothly tannic, very long and complex, with a distinct touch of mint and a hint of alcoholic warmth. Domaine Select, New York, NY)
Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: August/September 2007
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
MerlotDark crimson. Quite a savoury, meat extract sort of Merlot. Sweet start but there is real intensity here (far more than the Syrah). Lots of pleasure in a distinctly non classical style. Dark chocolate flavours. But without the balance and refreshment and race of the Cabernet Franc.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
This three-year jump forward in time brings us to a whole new identity for this great Tuscan Merlot. The 2004 Messorio feels outright youthful and has not reached anywhere near the same tertiary intensity that you get with 2000 and 2001. Given the heat and the general hardship of the 2003 vintage, Le Macchiole found itself in front of great challenges in 2004 as well. High yields were an issue and enormous work was achieved to cut back on grape vigor and production. This vintage also marks a stylistic shift for Messorio. From this point on, the wine shows greater sugar levels and higher concentration. This is evident in the strong build and deep footprint on display here. This is a gorgeous edition of Messorio that shows a touch of Tuscan rusticity and true grit.
Drink Dates: 2016 - 2035
Author: Monica Larner
Vinous | Rating: 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.