Bolgheri Rosso 2018 (Le Macchiole)

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Entry level wine produced by the renowned Le Macchiole, one of the top-ranked wineries within the trendy vineyards of Bolgheri in Tuscany. Here’s a good example of what I call a one-fits-all wine, suitable for everyone who appreciates red wine. Recently found at a grocery store in Italy, where the restrictions due to the pandemic have increased the sale of fine wines in large-scale distribution, this 2018 is as young as ready to taste, perfectly paired with a tenderloin as well as a burger.
See my tasting notes for details…

Wine Details
Name and appellation: “Bolgheri Rosso DOC
Vintage: 2018
Producer: Le Macchiole
Place of origin: Tuscany (Italy)
Grape variety: Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Syrah 20%
Alcohol strength: 14% vol.

Appreciation Profile
Type: dry red
Style: elegant (polished and accomplished)
Varietal wine alike: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon (Bordeaux, Fra)
Food pairings: grilled – roasted meat
Aging potential: drink now through 2023.
Best value (reviewed vintage): price range €18 – €20 (0,75 L).

Sensory Analysis
1) Appearance (visual evaluation)
Clarity: clear
Color: ruby
Saturation: vivid

2) Smell (olfactory evaluation)
Purity: clean
Fragrance: fragrant
Aroma (nose): fruity (red berries), a little spicy

3) Flavor (gustatory evaluation)
Balance: balanced
Sapidity: sapid
Taste: dry with freshness
Aroma (mouth): fruity (red berries)
Structure: supple
Texture: slim

4) Aftertaste (overall conclusion)
Finish: lingering
Mouthfeel: slick
Fruit: ripe
Alcohol: bracing
Evolution: ready
Accuracy: accurate

“Orio” Bolgheri DOC 2017 (Podere Il Castellaccio)

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Made on the Tuscan coast around Bolgheri, one of the most trending vineyards of Italy, this Bordeaux-like red blend is a remarkable opportunity to drink smarter. Its fragrant aroma of dark berries, balanced by a long lasting sapid taste, reveals the fruit ripeness of a warm vintage. Body is supple and full with a pretty smooth mouthfeel. Here’s a wine with an elegant style, although more flavorful than graceful.

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Name and appellation: “Orio” Bolgheri DOC
Vintage: 2017

Producer: Podere il Castellaccio
Place of origin: Tuscany (Italy)
Grape variety: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah

Type: dry red
Style: elegant

Food pairings: steaks and chops, pasta with boar ragù
Aging potential: drink now through 2022
Best value: price range €16 – €18 (0,75 L)

Rosso di Montepulciano DOC 2017 (Poliziano)

Appreciation Profile

Appellation: Rosso di Montepulciano DOC

Vintage: 2017

Producer: Poliziano

Place of origin: Tuscany (Italy)

Pattern: red Tuscan blend

Varietal: Sangiovese 80% – Merlot 20%

Style: potent (broad & forceful)

Suitability: likable (medium complexity)

Aging potential: drink now through 2022

Flavor: fruity and herbaceous aroma, tasteful with a supple body

Pairing: red grilled or stewed meat (beef, game), pasta with meat sauce, mature sheep cheese (pecorino)

Price: best value in the range of €9 – €12 a bottle of 0,75lt