New ex-winery release (2017). A vintage of Paleo from the early days of the all-Cabernet-Franc form (the first vintage that was 100% CF was 2001). One of the tighter vintages of Paleo on first release, this is now fully mature and showing rich, enveloping dark cherry and plum fruit flavours with a herby, tobacco-spiced richness and depth. Harmonious, and although big and velvety, has sufficient acidity to retain a briskness and good length. Drinking range: 2014 - 2020 L&S (Sep 2017)
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100% Cabernet Franc. Blackcurrant fruit, ink, lovely leafy herbs on the nose - not intrusive or under-ripe. Firm tannins on the finish and lots of concentration that can age very well - in fact, right now it is quite tight. Rating: 17 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2011)
Deep red. Reticent but pure aromas of blueberry, raspberry syrup, sweet spices and milk chocolate. Juicy, spicy and intensely flavored but a bit imploded today; perhaps this is entering a shut-down phase. The fresh red and dark berry flavors come across as a little simple, but this young wine's broad, fine tannins suggest that it will show better with three or four years of cellaring. Still, I doubt this will ever turn out to be one of my favorite Paleos. Rating: 90(+?) Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (Sep 2010)
The 2006 Paleo Rosso (Cabernet Franc) bursts from the glass with an exciting array of violets, minerals, dark cherries, grilled herbs and French oak. This is a sensual, layered Paleo endowed with tons of elegance and class. The refined finish and silky tannins are those of a first-rate wine. Today the oak is a bit pronounced, but another year or two in bottle should help the wine come together. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019. Rating: 93-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Sep 2009)
Plum and sweet herb on the nose leads to ripe fruit and loads of new wood on the full-bodied palate. Chewy, turning to tobacco and cedar. Should come together in bottle very nicely. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2012. 1,650 cases made Rating: 92-92 The Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com (Sep 2009)
Initially put onto the wine map by Eugenio Campolmi in 1983, the Le Macchiole estate has been run by his wife Cinzia since 2002. In the heart of Bolgheri, with 22 hectares of vineyard over much of the best soils of the region these are, along with the Sassicaia and Ornellaia's vineyards, also among the oldest and most established vines in Bolgheri. Their careful selection of grape varieties and cultivation techniques according to climate and soil has led them to concentrate on Merlot, Syrah and most importantly Cabernet Franc, a variety which can express itself so well in the hands of Le Macchiole.
All of their wines are marked by a unique and unmistakable character. Full bodied wines, and yet with clean and elegant flavours, leading to great freshness and finesse, they are incredibly sought after world-wide. The estate has been organic since 2002, and they are experimenting with biodynamics.
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