Le Macioche sits in the center of the Montalcino appellation, just about 5 minutes due southeast from Montalcino. The Cotarella family took over the property in 2017, and have taken drastic steps to improve the quality of the product they release. The estate tends to less than 10 total acres of vines, making this wine extremely small production. The Riserva bottling is only made in select vintages, it spends an extra year held at the winery to further develop before release.
Nestled in a prestigious neighborhood among such prominent addresses as San Polo and Fattoria dei Barbi, Le Macioche is unique in that its four sections of Brunello vineyard, spread over 7.5 acres, are all exposed to the Southwest. This, along with the elevation of roughly 1,400 feet above sea level, ensures both exceptional ripening and constant ventilation throughout each growing season. Such auspicious conditions have enabled Le Macioche to safely exercise organic farming practices with the 2018 vintage marking the estate’s full organic certification.
Le Macioche has always held a reputation for producing wines that display a degree of elegance and finesse. Winemaking at the estate is intended to provide this unique terroir the best possible opportunity to express itself clearly. With the estate’s 2017 purchase by the Cotarella family, winemaking remains highly faithful to the estate’s past. Minor updates, like a pre-fermentation cold-soak, are intended to enhance the components of elegance for which the wine has always been known without altering its character.
Tasting Notes: The color is an intense and luminous ruby red with garnet reflections. The aroma is sharp and penetrating, with notes of dried flowers, powder, nutmeg, cloves, spices, and tobacco, with a characteristic finish of undergrowth. The tannin is smooth and energetic and blends well with the sweetest of the wood and promises long and happy aging. The finish is very clean and very persistent.
Underbrush, toasted notes, exotic spice, and cocoa aromas fill the glass. The full-bodied palate shows dried black cherry, steeped prune, tobacco, and licorice alongside firm close-grained tannins. ~91 Wine Enthusiast
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