Concrete fermented and then 18 months in oak, 75% new 25% one year. Gorgeously generous nose, ripe cassis, cherry, tobacco and chocolate. Palate is sinewy, warm and generous with saturated black fruit core, dark chocolate, bright fresh acidity touch of mint and oak on the finish Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 L&S (Apr 2016)
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The ripeness is complete, but the wine remains cool and collected, for all its concentration, supple, dancing, silky, with elegant and fresh floral notes intertwined with the dark background of ripe fruit and spice.
94+ Antonio Galloni, Vinous
97 James Suckling
94 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
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Black currant, cherry, cedar, herbs, coffee and spice flavors are the hallmarks of this fragrant, juicy red. Tightens up on the finish, yet remains balanced and long, with fruit and herbal elements echoing on the mouthwatering finish. Cabernet Franc. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 Rating: 93 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator (Aug 2016)
2012 has been a great year for the Cabernet Franc. Ripening was achieved at the right time, without losing freshness. Easier to drink than the previous vintage, with a slight grassy touch and less structured tannins. A wine that you will be able to drink in the next five years, but also ready to age for at least another 15. Winemaker's notes (Dec 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 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. Drinking range: 2017 - 2028 Rating: 94-94 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Oct 2015)
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. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 94+ Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Oct 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. Drinking range: 2017 - Rating: 97-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Oct 2015)
The 2012 Paleo Rosso bursts from the glass with gorgeous varietal nuance and detail. Mocha, espresso, raspberry jam and dried flowers are all alive in the glass. A striking, beautifully delineated wine, the 2012 impresses for its balance, crystalline purity and intensity. Expressive, highly perfumed aromatics grace the exquisite finish. The 2012 Paleo is shaping up to be another winner from Le Macchiole. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 94-97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2014)
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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