2012 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso
Cabernet Franc - 750ML
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  • JS 97
  • WA 94
  • AG 94
  • W&S 93
  • WS 93

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JS 97
jamessuckling.com, August 2015
Love the aromas to this wine with black olives, red chiles and violets. Full-bodied, very tannic and structured, yet polished and also in harmony. A rich, racy and wonderful young red. Pure cabernet franc. Better in 2017.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2015
The 2012 Paleo (Cabernet Franc) is a spicy and enticing wine with loads of intensity and inner harmony. The great thing about this wine is that beyond the power and brawn; the wine shows a much higher level of elegance... The 2012 Paleo (Cabernet Franc) is a spicy and enticing wine with loads of intensity and inner harmony. The great thing about this wine is that beyond the power and brawn; the wine shows a much higher level of elegance and sophistication than you may expect. This is the Le Macchiole magical touch. Pretty floral tones are woven within a dark fabric of ripe fruit, grilled herb and exotic spice. The wine is absolutely seamless and smooth. - Monica Larner
AG 94
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, October 2015
94+ Le Macchiole's 2012 Paleo Rosso (Cabernet Franc) is rich, ample and dense, with lovely immediacy and plenty of up-front richness. Suave, silky and generous, the 2012 is going to need a few years to develop the full... 94+ Le Macchiole's 2012 Paleo Rosso (Cabernet Franc) is rich, ample and dense, with lovely immediacy and plenty of up-front richness. Suave, silky and generous, the 2012 is going to need a few years to develop the full breadth of its aromatics - one of the signatures of Paleo - but it is promising and quite delicious, even at this early stage. The radiant, deeply expressive finish is super-appealing. Over the last few years, the Paleo Rosso has improved dramatically. While Scrio and Messorio are smaller production wines and more expensive, in many ways the Paleo Rosso is making a serious move to establish itself as Le Macchiole's flagship.
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits, April 2016
In October of 2015, Cinzia Merli presided over a vertical tasting of Paleo, tracing its evolution from a cabernet sauvignon blend in the inaugural 1989 vintage to a monovarietal cabernet franc by 2001. The warm, dry 2012... In October of 2015, Cinzia Merli presided over a vertical tasting of Paleo, tracing its evolution from a cabernet sauvignon blend in the inaugural 1989 vintage to a monovarietal cabernet franc by 2001. The warm, dry 2012 growing season was marked by low yields, giving a beautifully textured cabernet franc, its flavors of red plum and black currant loaded with notes of tobacco, dried fennel and black spice. Lively and agile, with firm tannins and lingering notes of smoke and graphite, this is a match for beef braciole.
WS 93
Wine Spectator, May 2016
Black currant, cherry, cedar, herbs, coffee and spice flavors are the hallmarks of this fragrant, juicy red. Remains balanced and long. Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2025. — B.S.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Franc
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2012
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.