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Intense aromas of blackberry, rose and rosemary follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ultrafine tannins and a ...Read more...
The estatersquo;s 2002 Paleo (100% Cabernet Franc) is an excellent effort for the vintage. It is a fairly compact Paleo with pretty aromatics and n... Read more
Red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of cherry, red berries and leather. Sweet, bright and focused, with very sound acidity framing the rich fruit flavors. Ju... Read more
The 2005 Paleo (Cabernet Franc) is impressive. Wild herbs, roasted coffee beans, new leather, minerals and dark fruit emerge from this long, refine... Read more
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The estatersquo;s 2002 Paleo (100% Cabernet Franc) is an excellent effort for the vintage. It is a fairly compact Paleo with pretty aromatics and notes of smoke, tar, herbs and dark fruit on a medium-bodied frame. Although it displays good length and balance some rough edges remain and bottle aging will only help to a limited extent. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2017.
Red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of cherry, red berries and leather. Sweet, bright and focused, with very sound acidity framing the rich fruit flavors. Juicy and elegantly styled. This smooth and persistent red is one of the most successful wines of Italyrsquo;s 2002 vintage.
The 2005 Paleo (Cabernet Franc) is impressive. Wild herbs, roasted coffee beans, new leather, minerals and dark fruit emerge from this long, refined wine. Although the intensity tapers off slightly on the mid-palate, this is an absolutely gorgeous wine loaded with style and personality. Still tightly wound, it needs further bottle age to reach its peak. It is arguably the most successful of the estatersquo;s 2005s. Anticipated maturity: 2009ndash;2017.
Well-grown cabernet franc can produce a far more elegant wine than its richer cousins from Bordeaux. This 2001, grown on a mixture of clay, sand, limestone, chalk and rocks, provides a sustained chord of flavor, near perfect in its balance of chalky mineral tannins and waves of fruit. The layers of flavor grow more detailed with air, with red spices and green herbs adding to the spectrum of black and blue berries. Therersquo;s abundant complexity to appreciate now with roast lamb, though the wine wonrsquo;t likely reach its full potential until eight or ten years from the vintage.
This 2003, grown on a mixture of chalk, limestone, clay, rocks and sand, shows incredible finesse for the vintage. Initially hidden behind dense tannins, it comes alive with air, a steady brightness building from the cool middle of the wine. Flavors of wild blackberries and dried herbs become more detailed over time, acting like agents of complexity over the winersquo;s supple, juicy texture. Probably best at 10 years from the vintage , Paleo is proof that Le Macchiole is on to something with cabernet franc in Bolgheri.
Cabernet franc seems so well adapted to the soils at Le Macchiole that its impossible to separate the land from the grape. Grown in a mix of limestone and chalk, with rocks, sand and clay, this '05 seamlessly combines savory, ferrous tannins with fresh black- and blueberry flavors. It's cool and dark when first poured, that darkness offset by high notes of fresh mint. With air it becomes full and broad, the coolness a textural component that feels like silk pulled tightly across a sheet of iron. It's beautiful wine now, with abundant complexity and flawless integration. Built to cellar for at least ten to 15 years.
Even though the extreme heat has robbed the 2003 Paleo (100% Cabernet Franc) of some its varietal aromatics it is unquestionably one of the vintagersquo;s successes. Plump and juicy, it presents attractive suggestions of super-ripe dark fruit, sweet toasted oak and minerals with outstanding length and plenty of personality. Over the last few months this wine has continued to improve, integrating its tannins and gaining greater focus. It should drink well relatively early. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2015.
Intense aromas of blackberry, rose and rosemary follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. Supersilky and caressing. A gorgeous wine. Cabernet Franc. Best after 2009...94" WS 10/07.
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