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Le Macchiole Bolgheri Superiore Paleo Rosso 2004

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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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Le Macchiole:
A beacon of fine wine production in Bolgheri, today recognized as one of Italy’s most important wine regions, the history of Le Macchiole began in 1983 when Eugenio Campolmi, a native Bolgherese, purchased his first vineyard. Together with his wife, Cinzia Merli, Eugenio began his pursuit, based on the philosophy of experimentation, planting many different varietals (Sangiovese, Merlot,... Read more
A beacon of fine wine production in Bolgheri, today recognized as one of Italy’s most important wine regions, the history of Le Macchiole began in 1983 when Eugenio Campolmi, a native Bolgherese, purchased his first vineyard. Together with his wife, Cinzia Merli, Eugenio began his pursuit, based on the philosophy of experimentation, planting many different varietals (Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah…) to discover those best adapted to the microclimate and particular soil of this region along the Etruscan coast, nestled between the Bolgheri hills and the sea. Beginning with just a few hectares, little by little the estate grew, the winery was built, and in 1991, winemaker Luca d’Attoma joined Le Macchiole, sharing a common goal: to produce an original, perhaps unexpected, wine capable of expressing and celebrating the characteristics of the territory. The winery focused on achieving the purest expression of individual varieties, such as Cabernet Franc and Syrah, atypical at the time in an area predominantly known for its Bordeaux style blends. With its distinct wines and unprecedented quality, Le Macchiole soon joined Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Guado al Tasso as one of the most prestigious estates in Bolgheri. Following Eugenio’s death in 2002, Cinzia took over the reins, moving forward with passion and dedication. Working closely with a carefully selected team in the winery and the vineyards, Le Macchiole has always been at the forefront of innovation, applying methods including extremely low yields, high density planting, specially designed cement fermentation tanks in the cellar, and since 2002, the implementation of organic farming practices, with the sole objective of strengthening the vine. The winery continues to produce what are internationally recognized as some of Tuscany’s finest wines, confirmed by the numerous accolades received in Italy and abroad, including the Wine Spectator’s prestigious 100-point score a few years ago for the 2004 Messorio. Today Le Macchiole produces 5 wines: Paleo Rosso (Cabernet Franc), Messorio (Merlot), Scrio (Syrah), Bolgheri Rosso (Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah) and Paleo Bianco (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), each with its own personality, an expression of the soil and result of the respect given to the vineyard. “It is essential to first find balance in the vineyard, only then can we find balance in the wine.” – Cinzia Merli Source: http://vinconnect.com/wineries/le-macchiole/ Read less

External Reviews for Le Macchiole Bolgheri Superiore Paleo Rosso

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

edium-deep ruby. Refined aromas of floral red berries and high-grade milk chocolate are somewhat overwhelmed by coconut and vanilla. Finely textured and lithe on the palate, with sneaky concentration to its redcurrant, raspberry, milk chocolate and m... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2004 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

This Cabernet Franc is beautiful, with incredible succulence, persistence, heat, power and a full plate of enticing fragrances. Coffee, root beer, chocolate, Nutella, graham cracker and cherry liqueur are only a few elements of the wineandrsquo;s complexity.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/03/2009

The 2004 Paleo (Cabernet Franc) is an intense, brooding wine imbued with the essence of dark fruit, scorched earth, grilled herbs, toasted oak and licorice. Made in a rich, super-concentrated style, this imposing Paleo will require patience. A second... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2004 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 750ml


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

This Cabernet Franc is beautiful, with incredible succulence, persistence, heat, power and a full plate of enticing fragrances. Coffee, root beer, chocolate, Nutella, graham cracker and cherry liqueur are only a few elements of the wine's complexity.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2001 Paleo has completely changed character with the elimination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the blend and the decision to make this a pure Cabernet Franc. An inspired move mdash; in warm areas of the Tuscan coast, Cabernet Franc is notably more complex and aromatic than Cabernet Sauvignon and possesses an elegance that its brawnier brother rarely achieves. The 2001 Paleo might be considered a Mediterranean version of Cheveal Blanc with its fabulously sweet and refined nose of berry fruit, herbs, light spices and minerals, and an aromatic focus and precision which are sheer class. Polished, sinewy, and classy in its flavors, layered, complex, and with unequaled breed, this deceptively approachable wine will easily last another 20 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 rsquo;05 seamlessly combines savory, ferrous tannins with fresh black- and blueberry flavors. Itrsquo;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. Itrsquo;s beautiful wine now, with abundant complexity and flawless integration. Built to cellar for at least ten to 15 years.


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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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