2007 Le Macchiole "Paleo" Rosso Toscana

SKU #1187664 98 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Paleo (a pure expression of Cabernet Franc from Coastal Tuscany) is a drop dead gorgeous wine with amazing intensity and purity of aromas. You get it all here: Bright berry notes, drying mineral, exotic spice, cooling acidity and firm, satisfying structure. It’s a rich, velvety and beautiful wine that will award you a memorable drinking experience now or in 10 years time.  (12/2010)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Paleo Rosso (Cabernet Franc) offers up compelling, nuanced layers of smoke, dark cherries, mocha and grilled herbs in a style that reveals considerable richness and opulence but also quite a bit of verve, minerality and sheer structure. The wine has begun to shut down considerably since it was bottled and will require quite a bit of patience. Still, it is impossible to miss the silkiness of the tannins, the impeccable purity of the finish and the wine’s exceptional overall sense of harmony. This brilliant effort will be a joy to follow over the coming years. (AG)  (10/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Precise aromas of strawberry, raspberry, graphite and iron filings, with a suave undercurrent of white pepper. A strong violet note gains strength with air and carries onto the palate, nicely lifting the red berry and mineral flavors. Finishes impressively pure, focused and creamy-smooth, with a lingering floral note. (IDA)  (9/2010)

94 points Vinous

 The 2007 Paleo Rosso is rich, sexy and voluptuous, very much in the style of the year. A textured, resonant wine, the 2007 fleshes out beautifully, with layers of deeply spiced dark red stone fruits, roasted coffee beans, new leather and spices. Even with all of its obvious richness, the 2007 maintains gorgeous freshness, one of the many virtues of Cabernet Franc. Today the 2007 is irresistible, but it has more than enough depth to drink well for a number of years.  (4/2014)

92 points James Suckling

 Walnuts and blueberries with hints of spice. Full body, with very pretty, integrated tannins. Excellent length too.  (8/2012)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Le Macchiole grows Cabernet Franc in five parcels, some dating back to their original planting in 1983. Paleo, made completely from franc, is often the estate’s most compelling wine. This vintage is intense, almost severe in its youthful power. The dark fruit is blanketed by tannins, influenced both by oak and a pomegranate seed, grape tannins. Cellar it to let the extract mellow and the fruit mature.  (4/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Much lower key and more restrained – oaky rather than fruity – than the 2008. Racy and rather elegant. Dry finish.  (10/2012)

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.