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30 April 2014 News

Last week, Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media released a fascinating article on a retrospective of Paleo Rosso, a 100% Cabernet Franc made by our newest producer, Le Macchiole, spanning vintages 1992-2012.

Below are a few excerpts. Click here to read the full article (subscription only).

“Bolgheri and Maremma are home to a number of showy, world-class estates. In that context, Le Macchiole stands out for its decidedly artisan scale and approach.”

“Paleo Rosso was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Eugenio Campolmi dreamed of creating something unique; a wine that would stand apart from the rest of Bolgheri. Cabernet Franc was introduced to the blend with the 1996 vintage, while Sangiovese was eliminated entirely by 1999. The idea was to gradually increase the percentage of Cabernet Franc in Paleo Rosso with the goal of perhaps bottling a pure Franc in the future. The quality of the juice in 1999 and 2000 convinced Campolmi to accelerate his timeline, and the first 100% Cabernet Franc Paleo Rosso was born in 2001. That first essay in Cabernet Franc remains stunning to this day.

“It is quite fascinating to track the evolution of Paleo Rosso through the lens of a large retrospective tasting. The early Paleos from the 1990s, when the wine was Cabernet Sauvignon-based, were at times a bit rustic, especially in the tannins, while quality was inconsistent. The pure Cabernet Franc Paleos offer far greater textural finesse, complexity and consistency. Over the last few years in particular, Merli has taken on a greater role in day-to-day decisions as she and her full-time winemaker Luca Rettondini continue to make refinements in search of greater finesse. There is little doubt today’s wines are the most polished and articulate in Le Macchiole’s history, and that is great news for all of us who adore these deeply personal expressions of Bolgheri and its terroirs.”