Daily Wine 7/27/17:
Le Macchiole – Paleo – Rosso – Bolgheri – 2000
- This wine is a classic Bordeaux Blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In 2001, this wine evolved into 100% Cabernet Franc and has become one of the best examples of the grape in the world.
- Paleo’s first vintage was in 1989 and evolved because of a man wanting to challenge the chiche the Cabernet Franc varietal is tough to produce, especially on its own.
- The oldest vines were planted in 1993 in the Puntone vineyard. The Casa Nuova, Vignone, and Madonnina vineyards are also used in this blend.
- After harvest, the grapes are macerated for 30 days in concrete tanks and aged for 20 months. 70% in new oak barriques; 30% in 2nd-use barriques.
- Paleo takes its name from a species of grass, Festuca Pratensis, which grows wild on the Tuscan coast near Bolgheri.
- Le Macchiole was founded in 1983 by Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli. Paleo Rosso is the longest-lived bottling.
- Other Super-Tuscan-like bottlings include: Messorio (100% Merlot) and Scrio (100% Syrah).
- In all, the estate owns 24 hectares of organically farmed vineyards. Soils have a good presence of clay, sand and limestone.
- Pair this with game meats, roast pork, beef, and lamb.