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Paleo Rosso Bolgheri. le Macchiole 2013

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Super Super Toscan! Cabernet Franc tastes thin but strong tannin and thick flavor.

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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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Snooth User: mickn
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/14/2013

Super Super Toscan! Cabernet Franc tastes thin but strong tannin and thick flavor.


Snooth User: Rolando2012
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2003 12/17/2009

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Paleo Rosso Bolgheri. le Macchiole

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Vintage: 2010 12/12/2014

From their extraordinary vineyards in Bolgheri, Le Macchiole produces one of Italy's most unique and outstanding wines. 100% Cabernet Franc aged 14 months in 75% new French oak barriques. Reviews are across the board raves with James Suckling scoring it 95 points, the Wine Advocate scored it 96 points and Wine Enthusiast Magazine making it an Editors Choice and scoring it 97 points. They said "This extraordinary wine put Cabernet Franc on the map in Bolgheri. The 2010 reveals an exquisite bouquet of black currants, crushed blue flower, leather and baking spices. The smooth palate delivers mouthwatering blackberries, black cherry, white pepper, thyme and licorice alongside an age-worthy structure boasting firm but elegant tannins and fresh acidity. It’s already gorgeous with intriguing depth but it will age and develop beautifully. Drink 2015–2040."


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Vintage: 2009 06/01/2011

Bright ruby. Precise aromas of strawberry, raspberry, graphite and iron filings, with a suave undercurrent of white pepper. A strong violet note gains strength with air and carries onto the palate, nicely lifting the red berry and mineral flavors. F... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Franc wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2007 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 750ml


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Vintage: 2009 03/06/2015

Tasting notes: Deep ruby red color. Notes of blackcurrant, coffee, green tea and spices. A full bodied wine, very rich and deep in mouth, with very thick and elegant tannins. A long aging wine, with a strong character. - Winery Aging: 14 months in new oak barriques, 75% of 225 lt, 25% second passage oak barriques Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc


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Vintage: 2009 11/11/2011

Dark red fruit, freshly cut flowers, minerals, spices and sweet herbs are some of the notes that emerge from the estate's 2008 Paleo Rosso. The Paleo impresses for its vibrant minerality and exceptionally long, focused finish. The 2008 isn't a huge, ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Franc wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2008 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 750ml


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Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

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 Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Franc wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2004 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 750ml


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Vintage: 2009 07/31/2010

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 wi... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2005 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 750ml


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Vintage: 2007 01/03/2013

The 2007 Paleo Rosso (Cabernet Franc) offers up compelling, nuanced layers of smoke, dark cherries, mocha and grilled herbs in a style that reveals considerable richness and opulence but also quite a bit of verve, minerality and sheer structure. The wine has begun to shut down considerably since it was bottled and will require quite a bit of patience. Still, it is impossible to miss the silkiness of the tannins, the impeccable purity of the finish and the wine's exceptional overall sense of harmony. This brilliant effort will be a joy to follow over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. (100% cabernet franc; 14% alcohol) Bright ruby. Precise aromas of strawberry, raspberry, graphite and iron filings, with a suave undercurrent of white pepper. A strong violet note gains strength with air and carries onto the palate, nicely lifting the red berry and mineral flavors. Finishes impressively pure, focused and creamy-smooth, with a lingering floral note. **...


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