The Cabernet Franc achieved perfect ripeness and Paleo 2015 is a fantastic new release. With more weight than the 2014 and a charming gloss to the mouthfeel already, this is going to be hard to resist in its youth. There is great aromatic complexity with deep, red-fruit pulp and notes of Mediterranean dried herbs, some ground red peppercorn and an almost oriental spice kick. This is indulgent and joyful wine that will be approachable in its youth but will also repay mid-term ageing in the cellar to allow that density to unravel and those many layers of flavour to come more into focus.
'There are so much essence-like fruits on the nose of this Bolgheri Rosso, from blackberry perfume and dark-cherry compote to fresher elements of rosemary, lavender, hot stones and citrus. Full body with generous fruit, but the firm and beautifully woven tannin backbone keeps the palate fine and elegant. Very long on the finish. Drink in 2024.'
97/100 James Suckling
2015 PALEO Rosso Le Macchiole
2015 was clearly a warm vintage and it is incredible what the team have done here to retail such class and definition in the wine. The nose sings Cabernet Franc and the depth is hugely impressive.2015 was clearly a warm vintage and it is incredible what the team have done here to retail such class and definition in the wine. The nose sings Cabernet Franc and the depth is hugely impressive. Sweet morello cherry juice and fragrant plum pulp make up a rich sleek core of fruit with ginger spice and fresh green herbs adding another dimension. The grip is beautifully managed, softly granular tannins give length and add a complexity. There is lift too so you are left with a feel of finesse and powerful drive. Clever stuff in a warm year, a dynamic and powerful Paleo.L&S (Mar 2019)