2008 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso
Cabernet Franc - 750ML
  • JS 97
  • AG 95
  • WE 95
  • WA 93
  • WS 90

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$74.94

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Reg: $99.94

$74.94

This product is
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JS 97
jamessuckling.com, August 2011
Best Paleo ever here. Incredible concentration of fruit yet racy and balanced. The palate is crazy. It's like chocolate olive oil cake. Beautiful fruit with dark berries olive leaf and chocolate. Love the texture. The... Best Paleo ever here. Incredible concentration of fruit yet racy and balanced. The palate is crazy. It's like chocolate olive oil cake. Beautiful fruit with dark berries olive leaf and chocolate. Love the texture. The best pure Cabernet Franc on earth? Can't wait to drink it. Better in 2014.
AG 95
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2014
The 2008 confirms its standing as one of the finest recent editions of Paleo Rosso. Plums, black cherries, cloves, smoke and menthol jump from the glass in a full-bodied, intense wine loaded with class and pedigree... The 2008 confirms its standing as one of the finest recent editions of Paleo Rosso. Plums, black cherries, cloves, smoke and menthol jump from the glass in a full-bodied, intense wine loaded with class and pedigree. Grilled herbs, cloves, crushed rocks and sweet tobacco are woven into the beautifully delineated, vibrant finish. This is a fabulous showing from Le Macchiole.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast, February 2012
Paleo is a landmark Italian expression of Cabernet Franc that is not at all bashful in terms of fullness and richness. Bold fruit and black cherry aromas have been soften by careful oak tones of spice and leather... Paleo is a landmark Italian expression of Cabernet Franc that is not at all bashful in terms of fullness and richness. Bold fruit and black cherry aromas have been soften by careful oak tones of spice and leather. Structured, firm but also velvety in texture, this wine needs more years to evolve.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 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... 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 opulent Paleo rather it is a wine of more classic proportions built on harmony of which there is no shortage here. Crushed flowers and sweet spices from the oak are sublime in the empty glass. Paleo Rosso is 100% Cabernet Franc that spent 14 months in French oak 70% new barriques and 30% 1 year-old 112 liter barrels previously used for Messorio. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. -AG
WS 90
Wine Spectator, October 2011
Offers black currant black cherry and cedar aromas and flavors with hints of sage. Round and juicy its tannins are integrated and the finish lingers. A fruit-driven red. Cabernet Franc. Best from 2013 through 2021. 2158... Offers black currant black cherry and cedar aromas and flavors with hints of sage. Round and juicy its tannins are integrated and the finish lingers. A fruit-driven red. Cabernet Franc. Best from 2013 through 2021. 2158 cases imported. -BS
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Franc
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2008

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.