2004 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso
Cabernet Franc - 750ML

  • WE 96
  • WA 94
  • WS 94

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2008
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... 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.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2008
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... 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 bottle took quite a bit of aeration before the elegance of its silky-textured tannins emerged. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2020. Le Macchiole releases its wines later than most estates on the Tuscan coast so readers will find the 2004s in the market while the 2005s are due to arrive this Fall. Proprietor Cinzia Merli and long-time oenologist Luca D-Attoma have turned out a glorious set of 2004s. The 2005 vintage proved to be much more challenging as the damp fresh growing season made it hard to achieve full ripeness. These are pretty wines but they aren-t quite at the level of the estate-s finest efforts.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2007
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. 1960 cases made.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Franc
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2004

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Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso was first produced in 1989 and has evolved over time from a classic Bordeaux blend to a 100% varietal Cabernet Franc. This is a beautiful story of obstinacy in challenging the stereotype of Cabernet Franc, which is already difficult to produce, and even more so as a pure varietal wine. Today Paleo Rosso is one of the most individual and distinct, as well as one of the most famous, Cabernet Franc wines produced in Italy. The word Paleo is a common name referring to the “Festuca Pratensis“ of the family Gramineae, a wild herb which grows on the Tuscan coast.

Winery

Le Macchiole

Le Macchiole is an estate in Bolgheri, Tuscany on the Etruscan Coast. Founded in 1983 by Eugenio Campolini and Cinzia Merli, the estate has 24 hectares of organically farmed vineyards producing 5 single-variety wines: Paleo Bianco, Bolgheri Rosso, Paleo Rosso, Scrio and Messorio. It was a risky decision to produce single-varietal wines when neighbors such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Guado al Tasso were achieving world-renown for their Super Tuscan Bordeaux blends. But with commitment and determination, they achieved the esteem and recognition deserving of the series of their stunning wines.

Sadly, Eugenio passed away and did not live to see the result of his work but his legacy is continued by his wife Cinzia who works devotedly in the vineyards to demonstrate the purity and unique interpretation of Le Macchiole wines.