2005 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso
Cabernet Franc - 750ML

  • AG 94
  • WA 93
  • WS 93

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AG 94
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, December 2015
The 2005 Paleo Rosso needed time in bottle to allow the Cabernet Franc signatures to emerge, but they are now all there front and center. The freshest and brightest of Le Macchiole's 2005s, the Paleo Rosso is plump, juicy... The 2005 Paleo Rosso needed time in bottle to allow the Cabernet Franc signatures to emerge, but they are now all there front and center. The freshest and brightest of Le Macchiole's 2005s, the Paleo Rosso is plump, juicy and expressive, although it naturally does not offer the finesse or nuance of the very best years. A host of mocha, espresso, torrefaction, tobacco, mint, leather and licorice meld into the expressive finish. This is a fabulous showing from the 2005.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2008
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... 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 estate-s 2005s. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2017.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2008
Decadent aromas of berries meat and earth follow through to a full body with velvety rich tannins a long flavorful finish and a coconut and berry aftertaste. Impressive. Cabernet Franc. Best after 2011. 2000 cases made.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Franc
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2005

Label

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.