Le Macchiole Scrio 2017 (93 W&S)
“Syrah struggled to reach maturation in the hot and dry 2017 vintage, according to Cinzia Merli. Her team responded by shortening the maceration to preserve this wine’s freshness and floral notes, and continued the practice begun in 2016 of aging the wine in concrete and ceramic vessels, as well as in tonneaux. The result is a slender version of Scrio with slightly rustic tannins that, although perhaps not a candidate for long cellaring, offers plenty of pleasure in its lavender and black pepper-accented flavors of plum and raspberry.” -S.J
Le Macchiole Scrio 2017
Scrio was first produced in 1994. Le Macchiole founder Eugenio Campolmi created it because he wanted to produce a wine that would best express his vision of Syrah, his favorite grape variety. Scrio has an original personality and stands apart from Syrah grown in France or anywhere else – it is an extraordinarily compelling meld of deep and velvety Mediterranean fruit with cool climate aromatics and detail. Given the extremely limited production, Scrio is decidedly a hidden gem.
Le Macchiole can best be defined as the “Boutique Bolgheri.” The winery is known for its spectacular single-varietal wines, and their signature grape varieties are Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc and work is always conducted with the priority being "the expression of the land." The winery continues to evolve in both the vineyards and in the cellar to allow the soil characteristics from this estate property to be the defining identity in the wines.