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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Le Macchiole Paleo 2001
Le Macchiole Paleo 2001
(search item no. 93160)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red in color. Ripe Cabernet fruit comes through in the aromas. Round and delicious. An excellent example of the high quality coming out of this part of Tuscany.

Recommended with grilled and roasted red meats.

"Pretty Cabernet Franc aromas of fresh currant bush with hints of fresh-picked herbs. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a lovely fruit structure. Medium finish. Love the mouthfeel to this. This is the best Paleo ever."
Wine Spectator
92 Points

My Notes:

About Le Macchiole:

Long before it was fashionable, Eugenio Campolmi saw the potential of his homeland, buying his first vineyard in Bolgheri in 1975 baptised "Le Macchiole". In 1987, he hired famed oenologist Vittorio Fiore as a consultant before the later was joined by Luca d'Attoma for years later. In contrast to his renowned neighbors who focused on Bordeaux blends, Campolmi focused on achieving the purest expression of individual varieties, crafting distinct wines of unprecedented quality. Soon Le Macchiole joined Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Guado al Tasso as one of the most prestigious estates in Bolgheri. Following Eugenio's death in 2002, his wife Cinzia Merli, who shares her husband's passion, took over at the estate. Working with Luca D'Attoma, she has carried on her husband's legacy by continuing to make great Tuscan wines.