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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 27 
ProducerLe Macchiole (web)
VarietyCabernet Franc
DesignationPaleo Rosso
AppellationToscana IGT
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UPC Code(s)8032700763048

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2018 (based on 13 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.5 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 66 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BABLUES on 6/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Opened while cooking a traditional Italian dinner and sipped while cooked. I had to be careful as I could have blindly drank this in no time. Nose it old world with a little funk and dark cherries. The taste was dominated by similar dark cherries and plums. A lot more going on here that I didn't write down. A beautiful Cab Franc (161 views)
 Tasted by swapdoc on 3/9/2015: Opened at the table. Blueberries and cocoa dust in the mouth; finishing with somewhat gritty tannins. Appears significantly less evolved than a well airated sample recently tasted at an event. After more than an hour in a decanter, the wine lost most of its harsh finishing edges, revealing a sweeter side and a more complex shades of cedar and plum. Needs a few more years to come into a better balance. (678 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 2/28/2015: Nicely fruity and rich but noticeably lacking an uplifting acidity kick at the end which would have made it complete. A tired wine (683 views)
 Tasted by swapdoc on 1/28/2015: Le Macchiole Wine Dinner (La Pizza Fresca Ristorante): Wonderful flowery aromatics soar from under a beautiful nose of an evolved Bordeaux. Taste of fully ripe red fruit and plum is buttressed by notes of mushrooms and earthy aromatics. Very floral, particularly when compared with a darker and more extracted syrahs. Beautiful balance overall. Drinking perfectly now. (928 views)
 Tasted by canan on 1/24/2015 & rated 94 points: Lovely young dark cherry fruit on the palate with plenty of acidity..
The tannins are still harsh and the wine needs more time but it is certainly a pleasure to drink now.
The fruit is somewhat pruny and you can easily find the oak but it is well integrated. (921 views)
 Tasted by Happykost on 12/19/2014 & rated 94 points: Incredible and surprising cabernet franc, perfect. Decanted for four hours, it had a medium+ body with a simple but very tannic structure, and a long and wonderful after taste on the palate. Great wine! (960 views)
 Tasted by MAXIMUM SATISFACTION on 10/14/2014 & rated 96 points: One of the best Cabernet Francs I’ve tasted. Powerful nose of prune, dusty black berry, tobacco, and spice. On the palate a rich concentration of flavorful dark fruit, black licorice, vanilla, and oak wrapped up with a slightly rustic finish. The texture is definitely reminiscent of a young grainy Pomerol. Will merit a higher score in 2-3 years as the tannins and acidity mellow. Decanted for 2 hours but needs 5+. (1169 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 10/12/2014 & rated 90 points: Ok this is a good wine and although it has all the big sides of Bolgheri in terms of juicy, ripe, oaky (not too oaky). Feels like it has quite a bit of alcohol too and as time went by it was more evident. Big and Juicy. As we said its a nice wine but it bacame a bit monotonous after some time and we even left some in the decanter.... Started well but then just had nothing to keep us going back. 90-91 and hopefully time will help here. (1340 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 10/6/2014 & rated 95 points: Italians, 2nd Labels of 1st Growths, 95 Prum, +; 10/5/2014-10/6/2014 (Our favorite Italian Place): Easily my WOTN. Gorgeous wine. It was slow-oxed for 6 hours and firing on all cylinders. This is Cabernet Franc from Tuscany. The nose has dark cherries, spice, licorice and cigar tobacco. On the palate, lush texture that separates into complex layers of fruit, tobacco and earthiness. Great acidity. Long finish. I kept going back for more. Just delicious. Perhaps not quite at peak, but getting close. (1315 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 9/24/2014 & rated 92 points: Another beauty of a Pomerol lookalike from this house, with deep, pure fruit, herbs and mocha. A bit more oak than I prefer but it's early days, still integrating. (1097 views)
 Tasted by mavaron on 8/31/2014 & rated 94 points: Decanted for 2 hours. The wine is well balanced. A little sweet at the start, and then fruitiness began to emerge. Hints of chocolate, coffee, blackberry, plum. The tannin is not well integrated yet. May keep to develop in the years to come. (990 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 7/30/2014 & rated 93 points: Very dark in color. Nose of ripe dark berries, coffee and chocolate. The wine is quite rich yet still elegant, has a great structure and a wonderful balance. This is a very straight wine, quite smooth and very pricise. The tannins are still not fully integrated. For my taste still on the young side, one would never expect that this wine is already ten years old. Hold for a few more years and this will be a superb Cab Franc. Rating: 93+ (982 views)
 Tasted by wculpepper on 7/22/2014 & rated 94 points: Double decanted. Minimal sediment. Deep red with slow legs. Terrific blackberry nose. Good balance with lots of fruit. Long finish. Overall, a great wine that should be good for at least another fiver years. (1008 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 5/27/2014: Tuesday Night Double Blind $50+ (Bin 75): Dark core with bricking; cigar, new oak, lush, green pepper, cedar, not yet delineated; cherry, currant, great fruit on the palate, ripe, lush, loamy, slight medicinal, spice, grip but not too tannic; good; thought this was younger Pomerol. (723 views)
 Tasted by btbad on 5/13/2014 & rated 94 points: Just a slight bump down from my last tasting of this fantastic wine. I'm still a huge fan of the deep red color and the very smooth feel on your tongue. Still a perennial favorite. (1204 views)
 Tasted by galenico on 4/19/2014 & rated 83 points: Tanto legno, vino poco espressivo, tanta materia, terra, polvere e frutta matura. Bottiglia a posto, ma il vino non splende, non c' è pathos....
Un polpettone difficile da bere, pastoso, appallottolato, manca della spina di acidità e mineralità dei grandi vini della Loira e del Médoc.
Bella delusione (1165 views)
 Tasted by Strikermax on 4/12/2014 & rated 94 points: Robijnrood. Romige geur van vleeskers, vanille, tabak, mint, luxe hout. Behoorlijke concentratie romig rood en zwart fruit, kers, tabak, wat ziltig. Goede balans. Afgeronde tannines, lang aanhoudend. 94+ (1148 views)
 Tasted by msilver on 4/5/2014 & rated 93 points: Great bottle of pure cabernet franc. (975 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 2/18/2014 & rated 93 points: dark red-purple-black colour
Developed ripe aromas of dark currants, cedar box, tobacco, menthol, graphite, and a hint of stems.
Full body, black currants, tar, licorice, and earthiness.
Present round tannins with currants and plum flavours on the long finish.
Will reach its peak within 2-5 years.

last glass remaining after 24 hours: still enjoyable (1262 views)
 Tasted by fdub on 12/6/2013 & rated 95 points: Tasted blind. A wonderful nose full of black fruits, herbs, and a hint of licorice. With significant aeration this develops a great floral lift and a rustic chalky note. The plate is wonderfully structured with great rustic but smooth tannins I associate with Bolgheri. Long lingering finish. In short a wonderfully precise yet rich wine with impeccable balance. (1381 views)
 Tasted by rmichaelnewman on 10/2/2013 & rated 92 points: Preferred to 03 in side by side. (1504 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 9/10/2013 & rated 93 points: Sextet, that became a Septet, 3rd meeting: Super Tuscan evening (Cucina Tamar, hosted by Mati): see my previous TN (1537 views)
 Tasted by Jhcwine on 9/5/2013 & rated 92 points: I first tasted the 2002. Nose - Lovely nose. Just a tad tannic, but very nice.
Palette - A very interesting, different palette. Abit tannic (still needs 5 years in bottle), but a fine wine none the less. 95. My WOTN

I then tasted this 2004. Nose - more tannic the 2002. Palette - similar to the 2002 but more tannic. Needs decant time or 5 years more in bottle. This wine did not open up, over the evening. But still a decent wine. 92 (1739 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 9/3/2013 & rated 90 points: Tuesday Night Double Blind $40+ (Bin 75): Dark core with garnet rim; nose of tar and green pepper, stemmy, clay, bitter chocolate, a bit sharp on the finish; sort of Chilean in style which made me call Don Melchor, yikes. (1616 views)
 Tasted by Cphofmann on 5/5/2013 & rated 93 points: Very fragrant, smokey, spicy nose. Spicy, complex palate, wonderfully balanced. I really enjoyed this wine. (1751 views)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Le Macchiole: Paleo Rosso 1992-2012 (Apr 2014)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/5/2010)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/5/2009)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Tuscany: The Best of 2005 and 2006 (Jun 2008)
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, August 2007
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Le Macchiole

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Source: VinConnect (VinConnect.com)
A beacon of fine wine production in Bolgheri, today recognized as one of Italy’s most important wine regions, the history of Le Macchiole began in 1983 when Eugenio Campolmi, a native Bolgherese, purchased his first vineyard. Together with his wife, Cinzia Merli, Eugenio began his pursuit, based on the philosophy of experimentation, planting many different varietals (Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah…) to discover those best adapted to the microclimate and particular soil of this region along the Etruscan coast, nestled between the Bolgheri hills and the sea.

Beginning with just a few hectares, little by little the estate grew, the winery was built, and in 1991, winemaker Luca d’Attoma joined Le Macchiole, sharing a common goal: to produce an original, perhaps unexpected, wine capable of expressing and celebrating the characteristics of the territory. The winery focused on achieving the purest expression of individual varieties, such as Cabernet Franc and Syrah, atypical at the time in an area predominantly known for its Bordeaux style blends. With its distinct wines and unprecedented quality, Le Macchiole soon joined Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Guado al Tasso as one of the most prestigious estates in Bolgheri. Following Eugenio’s death in 2002, Cinzia took over the reins, moving forward with passion and dedication.

Working closely with a carefully selected team in the winery and the vineyards, Le Macchiole has always been at the forefront of innovation, applying methods including extremely low yields, high density planting, specially designed cement fermentation tanks in the cellar, and since 2002, the implementation of organic farming practices, with the sole objective of strengthening the vine. The winery continues to produce what are internationally recognized as some of Tuscany’s finest wines, confirmed by the numerous accolades received in Italy and abroad, including the Wine Spectator’s prestigious 100-point score a few years ago for the 2004 Messorio.

Today Le Macchiole produces 5 wines: Paleo Rosso (Cabernet Franc), Messorio (Merlot), Scrio (Syrah), Bolgheri Rosso (Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah) and Paleo Bianco (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), each with its own personality, an expression of the soil and result of the respect given to the vineyard.

“It is essential to first find balance in the vineyard, only then can we find balance in the wine.”
– Cinzia Merli

Cabernet Franc

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Wines & Vines article

Paleo Rosso

Paleo Rosso used to be a blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Cabernet Franc, but starting in 2001 it shifted to be 100% Cabernet Franc.


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Toscana IGT

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