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Expert Picks: Le Macchiole and Ca’ Marcanda

Posted on | October 7, 2015 | Written by Camacho Vidal | No Comments

CamachoThis weekend I focused on Super Tuscans, a style of wine that producers interpret in many ways. One way to understand this group of wines is that they are the Grand Prix of Tuscan enology where all aspects and techniques of winemaking are pushed to the limits to enhance the expression of terroir. Another is that Super Tuscans express a free interpretation of a given area in Tuscany whose winemakers explore the territory beyond the bureaucratic restrictions of DOC and DOCG.

One pioneer that is an example of the above statements is Le Macchiole, established in 1983 by Eugenio Campolmi and one of the major players in the Super-Tuscan movement. Eugenio realized that the best way to make his wine was to make mono-varietal wines that expressed their terroir. The estate believes that wine is made in the vineyard, but the management of the cellar is crucial in achieving quality wine. I tasted the 1999 Scrio, which is starting to enter its drinking window, and I was blown away. While Le Macchiole is an old player in Bolgheri, Angelo Gaja is relatively new to the Super-Tuscan movement. Angelo Gaja is known as a great winemaker, but he’s also know as a rebel and someone who does not necessarily follow the rules of DOC and DOCG, so it’s only natural that he produces Super-Tuscan wine. I tasted the Ca’ Marcanda (Gaja) Camarcanda 2010, and although it’s still rather young, it shows how spectacular it’s going to be with some age.

Ca’ Marcanda (Gaja) 2010 Camarcanda $139.99

This ’10 Super Tuscan bursts with plums, and blackberry, blueberry followed by notes of earth and leather and sweet balsamic. The tannins are silky smooth, and the wine nearly crackles with noticeable acidity that will integrate nicely with time—a baby, this wine is still a bit tight. Patience will reward with this wine. Drink 2017-2025.

Le Macchiole 1999 Scrio $175

Le Machciole makes its mono-varietal Syrah in limited quantities that never exceed 5,000 bottles. The word “Scrio” has Tuscan origins and it translates to “pure,” “sincere,” or “upright,” and this wine is all that with aromas of dark red fruit, mocha, chocolate, earth spice and mineral. Sporting a full, powerful mouth-feel with sweet tannins that have integrated nicely, this wine reveals new aromas and flavors with every sip and ends in a lovely, lingering finish. Drink now.

 

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