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2008 Le Macchiole Paleo RossoCabernet Franc from Italy


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"Dark and lively crimson. Very warm and rich and tense. Satisfying and (just) not too much. Nicely balanced. Very exuberant indeed! Drink 2012 to 2020. (JR)" (10/12) 16.5 out o...

  • 97 James Suckling -
  • 95 Wine Enthusiast
  • 95 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
  • 90 Wine Spectator
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"Best Paleo ever here. Incredible concentration of fruit, yet racy and balanced. The palate is crazy. It's like chocolate olive oil cake. Beautiful fruit, with dark berries, olive leaf and chocolate. Love the texture. The best pure Cabernet Franc on earth? Can't wait to drink it. Better in 2014." (08/11)

95 Wine Enthusiast

"Paleo is a landmark Italian expression of Cabernet Franc that is not at all bashful in terms of fullness and richness. Bold fruit and black cherry aromas have been soften by careful oak tones of spice and leather. Structured, firm but also velvety in texture, this wine needs more years to evolve. -M.L." (02/12)

95 Antonio Galloni - Vinous

"The 2008 confirms its standing as one of the finest recent editions of Paleo Rosso. Plums, black cherries, cloves, smoke and menthol jump from the glass in a full-bodied, intense wine loaded with class and pedigree. Grilled herbs, cloves, crushed rocks and sweet tobacco are woven into the beautifully delineated, vibrant finish. This is a fabulous showing from Le Macchiole."

"These may very well be the finest wines I have ever tasted from Le Macchiole. There is no question these are the best wines the estate has ever produced relative to the overall quality and potential of the vintage. Over the years this cutting edge estate has been at the forefront of many developments in Maremma and Italy including working with low yields, densely planted vineyards and using small 112 liter barrels for the flagship Merlot, Messorio. Proprietor Cinzia Merli and long-time oenologist Luca dAttoma have continued to search for ways to improve. These 2008s show the direction of the future. New oak levels are down, the quality of coopers is up and the estate is moving towards larger 500-liter barrels on some of the wines. Le Macchiole has always produced stunning fruit. Now that much of the makeup is beginning to come off the wines it is obvious the estates potential is limitless. Nowhere is a return to a more classic style in Italy more evident than at Le Macchiole." (04/14)

90 Wine Spectator

"Offers black currant, black cherry and cedar aromas and flavors, with hints of sage. Round and juicy, its tannins are integrated, and the finish lingers. A fruit-driven red. Cabernet Franc. Best from 2013 through 2021. 2,158 cases imported. -BS" (10/11)

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"Dark and lively crimson. Very warm and rich and tense. Satisfying and (just) not too much. Nicely balanced. Very exuberant indeed! Drink 2012 to 2020. (JR)" (10/12) 16.5 out of 20 points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

"The wines of Le Macchiole are, for me, one of the major reasons why this district has been so successful." - Lodovico Antinori

"Until the early 1980s, wines produced in Bolgheri were largely focused on quantity over quality. The changes that developed thereafter were largely due to the few producers recognizing the potential of a Bordeaux winemaking model which favored long ageing in small barrels. In 1983, the year when the first specifications for the protection of Bolgheri DOC wines were approved, the late Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli planted the vineyards of Le Macchiole at the foot of the Bolgheri Hills. Six years later, in 1989, the first vintage of Paleo Rosso was produced; Messorio and Scrio produced later in 1994. In 1991, Le Macchiole began working with famed oenologist Luca dAttoma. The estate focuses on achieving the purest expression of individual varieties, crafting distinct wines of unprecedented quality. Le Macchiole joins Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Guado al Tasso as one of the most prestigious estates in Bolgheri." -Importer

"Paleo Rosso is the one that I feel closest to and the one that excites me most. He can pleasantly surprise you And is also the one that will unexpectedly give you the greatest feeling and passion. He enters your soul in a way that is persuasive and intriguing, without ever being excessive in his expressions. " - Winery

Product Detail

Item # 73751
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-Region Toscana IGT

97 - James Suckling -

95 - Wine Enthusiast

95 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous

90 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2008
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Taste tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean
Nose tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower