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.
"This Cabernet Franc is beautiful, with incredible succulence, persistence, heat, power and a full plate of enticing fragrances. Coffee, root beer, chocolate, Nutella, graham cracker and cherry liquor are only a few elements of the wine's complexity."
"The estate of Le Macchiole has been making great reds in Bolgheri for about a decade now. Paleo, made from Cabernet Franc, shows wonderfully intense floral and berry perfumes that lead to a racy and structured palate with ultrafine tannins. This wine will give many of the best St. Emilions a run for their money."
"The 2004 Paleo (Cabernet Franc) is an intense, brooding wine imbued with the essence of dark fruit, scorched earth, grilled herbs, toasted oak and licorice. Made in a rich, super-concentrated style, this imposing Paleo will require patience. A second bottle took quite a bit of aeration before the elegance of its silky-textured tannins emerged. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2020."
The Wine Advocate
Outstanding. We held this until March 2011, and it is phenomenal.