Le Macchiole

Paleo Bianco 2019

Toscana IGT

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First produced in 1991 in tiny quantities for a local restaurant, Paleo Bianco today is a silky, mineral-driven blend of Chardonnay  and Sauvignon Blanc with loads of savory Mediterranean character.

VINEYARD

The fruit for Paleo Bianco 2019 was sourced from the Casa Nuova vineyard, which was planted in 2009 and the Ulivino vineyard, which was planted in 2016. Yields are notably restricted. The training system is single guyod. The 2019 vintage is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Sauvignon Blanc.

WINEMAKING

Paleo Bianco is fermented in oak barrels of varying sizes for 10 days (20% in 225L, 50% in 300L and 30% in 500L), followed by 7 months of aging (20% in new oak barriques and tonneaux, 70% in second, third and fourth passage barriques and tonneaux, 10% steel tank.)

VINTAGE

The 2019 can be summarized as a vintage with slow and very long ripening and with no excessive heat peaks. The beginning of the year was characterized by a winter with temperatures in line with the season, low rainfall, and a particularly dry climate. The spring season was fluctuating, characterized by a particularly cold climate in the last two weeks of March. A steady increase in temperatures throughout the April contributed to a slow and gradual sprout development. In May, low temperatures, and a substantial increase in rainfall, led to a sharp slowdown in the plants’ vegetative development. A particularly hot and dry climate at the beginning of June, combined with the heavy rains of the previous month, contributed to a flourishing shoot development on the plants resulting in clusters that required repeated and targeted green management intervention for the entire summer period. The harvest period started slightly later than in previous years, with the harvest of white grapes in the fourth week of August.

TASTING NOTE

Deep aromas of lime and white flowers and a delicate spicy note reminiscent of almond and hazelnut.

Color

White

Grape Varieties

Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

Appellation

Toscana IGT

Alcohol

14.5%

Suggested Retail Price

$80.00

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