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16 December 2016 News

An article in Wine Searcher unearths top values from Tuscany. Their #1 pick? Paleo Rosso, which is called out as being “widely recognized as one of the world’s best examples” of Cabernet Franc. Click here to read the article.

 
31 October 2016 News

In its latest issue (Oct 28, 2016), The Wine Advocate published a feature on Le Macchiole, including a retrospective of Messorio – click here for an excerpt! Italian critic Monica Larner has also posted a 3-minute clip of the tasting with Cinzia Merli, which you can see here. Enjoy!

 
23 September 2016 News

Wine Spectator’s just-released October 31 issue includes a major feature on the 2012 vintage in Tuscany (“Tuscany Triumphant”), with Le Macchiole’s Cinzia Merli as the cover photo AND the Le Macchiole Messorio 2012 listed as Bruce Sanderson’s TOP WINE at 95 points.

Click here to download it!

 
29 August 2016 News

Check out this mention of the lovely Cinzia Merli from Le Macchiole in Food & Wine!

“7 Great Female Italian Winemakers You Should Know

These female winemakers are running some of Italy’s top vineyards.

Cinzia Merli
2014 Bolgheri Rosso ($32)

The vintner-owner of Le Macchiole estate, Merli runs one of the best properties in Tuscany’s Bolgheri region (more famous for names such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia). Generally reticent, she prefers to let her long-aging reds do the talking—which they do, brilliantly, year after year.”

Click here to see the full list of producers!

 
24 November 2015 News

Wine writer Charles Scicolone wrote a great piece on the evolution of Paleo Rosso after tasting a vertical of the wines with Cinzia Merli last month. In its early days, the wine was a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. It evolved into a pure expression of Cabernet Franc with the 2001 vintage.  Below is an excerpt.  Click here to read the full post!

“Cabernet Franc is usually seen as the ugly duckling of the family compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. It is greener, rougher, untamable, a difficult challenge to manage. In Bolgheri, Cabernet Franc is something thoroughly different. Its tannins are softer, it is extremely fruity and amazingly fresh, characteristics that help us make the best of every harvest”, said Cinzia Merli.

The decisive turn came in 2000: due to the exceptionally warm summer season, the winery was forced to add a higher amount of Cabernet Franc to the final blend to give the wine freshness and acidity. And it began to dawn on them that they were ready for the big leap: transforming Paleo Rosso into a 100% Cabernet Franc wine. They completely changed the wine’s structure while keeping its name and the winery’s signature style unchanged.”

 
13 November 2015 News

December’s issue of Decanter has a full-page piece on the history of Le Macchiole’s Paleo Rosso, their signature wine made from 100% Cabernet Franc. An excerpt is below. Click here to download a copy of the article.

“One of Italy’s most important estates, Le Macchiole holds the distinction of making Paleo, the country’s best 100% Cabernet Franc. Founded in the early 1980s by husband and wife team Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli, the estate is located in Bolgheri, in a cool, well-draining part of the Tuscan coast. Soils here are roughly 30% clay and very gravelly with varying percentages of sand and loam. They can be excessively fertile, so low-vigour rootstocks are used.”

 
6 November 2015 News

Ray Isle, the executive wine editor for Food & Wine Magazine, recently posted a blog piece about Le Macchiole’s Paleo Rosso, calling it “Italy’s Greatest Cabernet Franc.” An excerpt is below.

“I recently tasted through nine vintages of the wine here in New York. All were remarkable, but my favorites were the elegant 2001 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso ($150 or so), drinking perfectly right now, with notes of tea leaves, sweet cherry, minty herbs and earth; the remarkable 2008 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso ($90, if you can find it), easily the wine of the tasting for me, with smoky tea leaf and dark cherry notes, fine-grained tannins, and gorgeous texture; and the current vintage, the 2011 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso ($99), which while still quite young showed chewy sweet cherry and fresh herb notes through a screen of mocha-like oak, and considerable power though it was perfectly balanced. “2011 was one of the longest harvests I’ve had in my life,” Merli commented. “Waiting, waiting, waiting…not today, OK…not today…but then it ended up being my favorite out of ’09, ’10 and ’11.”

Please click here to read the full article.

 
1 October 2015 News

Congratulations to our 7 Top 100 Wineries of 2015, E. Guigal, Le Macchiole, Errazuriz, Domaine des Baumard, Lucien Le Moine, Champagne Bollinger, and Quinta do Noval!

The issue has just been released. Click here to read their profiles!

 
13 July 2015 News

Swide, a lifestyle magazine, just released a piece featuring the top wine pairings for Italian fish recipes. Le Macchiole’s Bolgheri Rosso was selected as a perfect match for cacciucco, a traditional seafood stew. Below is an excerpt from the piece; click here to read the full article!

“Contrary to what you may think, cacciucco (be careful of the Tuscans, who spell and pronounce it with five c’s!) is a slow-cooked dish with great persistence, and the Moorish pepper and aromas demand a red rather than a white, which would ultimately succumb to the intensity of the flavour. For a local pairing, therefore remaining in the area of ​​Livorno, the city that invented the dish, the most suitable reds are the Bolgheri DOC wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, French vines from Bordeaux who found a similar terroir here to that of the Garonne. The Adeo di Campo alla Sughera (€20), with its notes of blueberries, bay leaves and black pepper, is a perfect pairing, although it has a slightly darker profile. For those who want more freshness and dynamism, even though the depth of the blackberry and crispy plum notes with a nice streak of liquorice and cocoa make it luscious and inviting, there is the Bolgheri de Le Macchiole (€17) by Cinzia Merli, which has become a “must” wine in the area for its never dull light-heartedness and its pleasantness.”

 
22nd January 2015 News

Cinzia Merli from Le Macchiole is in the U.S. this week hosting two special vertical tastings of Paleo Rosso, with vintages spanning 1996-2011! Below, a shot of the bottles and menu from Monday’s event at San Francisco’s 1760. Nothing like some grilled pork ribs and cavatelli with pork sugo to whet your appetite for Italian cabernet franc!