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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Le Macchiole Paleo 2004
Le Macchiole Paleo 2004
(search item no. 94173)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $79.99

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
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 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:

Named for the vineyard of its provenance, Paleo Rosso is the flagship wine for Le Macchiole and was the first wine in Bolgheri to made entirely from Cabernet Franc. Ruby red with violet flecks, its red fruit aroma offers notes of yellow and black pepper, tobacco, and nutmeg. Clean on the palate, it finishes with elegant minerality, ripe fruit, and a hint of balsamic.
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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.