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Paleo le Macchiole 2008

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“The wines of Le Macchiole are, for me, one of the major reasons why this district has been so successful.” - Lodovico Antinori"Until the early 1980’s, wines produced in Bolgheri were largely focused on quantity over quality. The changes that developed thereafter were largely due to the few producers recognizing the potential of a Bordeaux winemaking model which favored long ageing in small barrels. In 1983, the year when the first specifications for the protection of Bolgheri DOC wines were approved, the late Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli planted the vineyards of Le Macchiole at the foot of the Bolgheri Hills. Six years later, in 1989, the first vintage of Paleo Rosso was produced; Messorio and Scrio produced later in 1994. In 1991, Le Macchiole began working with famed oenologist Luca d’Attoma. The estate focuses on achieving the purest expression of individual varieties, crafting distinct wines of unprecedented quality. Le Macchiole joins Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Guado al Tasso as one of the most prestigious estates in Bolgheri." -Importer"Paleo Rosso is the one that I feel closest to and the one that excites me most. He can pleasantly surprise you And is also the one that will unexpectedly give you the greatest feeling and passion. He enters your soul in a way that is persuasive and intriguing, without ever being excessive in his expressions. " -Winery

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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

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“The wines of Le Macchiole are, for me, one of the major reasons why this district has been so successful.” - Lodovico Antinori"Until the early 1980’s, wines produced in Bolgheri were largely focused on quantity over quality. The changes that developed thereafter were largely due to the few producers recognizing the potential of a Bordeaux winemaking model which favored long ageing in small barrels. In 1983, the year when the first specifications for the protection of Bolgheri DOC wines were approved, the late Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli planted the vineyards of Le Macchiole at the foot of the Bolgheri Hills. Six years later, in 1989, the first vintage of Paleo Rosso was produced; Messorio and Scrio produced later in 1994. In 1991, Le Macchiole began working with famed oenologist Luca d’Attoma. The estate focuses on achieving the purest expression of individual varieties, crafting distinct wines of unprecedented quality. Le Macchiole joins Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Guado al Tasso as one of the most prestigious estates in Bolgheri." -Importer"Paleo Rosso is the one that I feel closest to and the one that excites me most. He can pleasantly surprise you And is also the one that will unexpectedly give you the greatest feeling and passion. He enters your soul in a way that is persuasive and intriguing, without ever being excessive in his expressions. " -Winery

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