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2012 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso

Retail: $125.00


per bottle

97 Pts James Suckling -


750 mL


Closure Type


Cabernet Franc








tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean


tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower


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James Suckling -

"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."

Monica Larner - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"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."

Antonio Galloni - Vinous:

"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"

Product Description:

Winery: "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




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