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Le Macchiole Bolgheri Paleo Rosso 2011

ID No: 444553
Country:Italy
Region:Tuscany
Grape Type:Cabernet Franc
Winery:Le Macchiole
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Product Description

Named for the local wild grass that once covered its vineyards, Paleo Rosso is a landmark expression of Italian Cabernet Franc. Eugenio Campolmi had long dreamt of creating a unique wine that would stand apart from the rest of Bolgheri, and converted this wine from a blend to 100% Cabernet Franc in 2001.

 



Review:

The 2011 Paleo Rosso is flat-out stunning. Mocha, espresso, black cherry and plums jump from the glass in a voluptuous, nuanced wine of the very highest level. The 2011 is firing on all cylinders today. Firm yet nicely integrated tannins struggle to contain a rush of exuberant fruit in this large-scaled, intense wine. Today, the oak is a bit present, but that has never been an issue before in terms of how these wines come together in bottle and age. With each passing vintage it becomes increasingly clear that Paleo Rosso is Le Macchiole's benchmark wine. A recent bottle of the 2010 was beautiful beyond words.-Vinous 96+ Points

Winery: Le Macchiole

Le Macchiole Estate

Founded in 1983 by Cinzia Merli and her late husband Eugenio Campolmi, Le Macchiole is situated in the Bolgheri DOC area, on the Tuscan coast. Le Macchiole has 54 acres of vineyards and is known for crafting single variety wines made from 100% Cabernet Franc, 100% Merlot and 100% Syrah. Le Macchiole is notable for being the first winery in the region to produce a monovariety Cabernet Franc wine, and the first to adopt high density planting. Cinzia manages the winery and estate with her brother Massimo Merli, winemaker Luca Rettondini and with her son Elia working alongside them.

Paleo Rosso is sourced from four of the estate's five vineyards: Puntone, Casa Nuova, Vignone and Madonnina.

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Tasting Notes

Deep inky purple in colour. Aromas of blackberry, mocha, mint and spices. Lush, ripe palate dominated by black fruits, cherry and chocolate. An expansive palate with black fruits and nicely balanced by oak.

Production Statistics:

Bottling Date: 13.12.2011

Sizes: 750ml

Region (GI): 100% Padthaway

Varietal composition: 60% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 14.5 alc/Vol

Total Acidity: 6.8 g/L

ALLERGENS: Minimal Sulphur Dioxide added.

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