Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2017 (94 W&S)
“Paleo’s rugged, leathery tannins in 2017 are a mark of Bolgheri’s hot and dry growing season. This wine needs several hours of air to unfurl its flavors of red currant, plum and blackberry. Notes of tobacco, licorice and cacao emerge as the fruit begins to fill out the rangy structure. Less opulent than most vintages of Paleo, this wine will reward cellar time with further complexity and depth.” – S.J.
Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2017
Paleo Rosso has been called Italy’s landmark expression of Cabernet Franc. It is named for a type of local wild grass, which once covered the land where its vines are now planted. Originally a blend of several different varieties, the wine has been made from 100% Cabernet Franc since 2001, and was the first mono varietal Cabernet Franc to be produced in Bolgheri. The grapes come from several vineyards on the estate, including Vignone, Madonnina, Puntone and Casa Nuova. Each vineyard is picked separately, and fruit from the same vineyard is often picked more than once at different stages of maturity, resulting in about 20 different pickings.
Le Macchiole can best be defined as the “Boutique Bolgheri.” The winery is known for its spectacular single-varietal wines, and their signature grape varieties are Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc and work is always conducted with the priority being "the expression of the land." The winery continues to evolve in both the vineyards and in the cellar to allow the soil characteristics from this estate property to be the defining identity in the wines.