2014 Le Macchiole 'Paleo Rosso' Bolgheri


“Paleo” is the Cabernet Franc wine in the lineup, and, quite simply, it is one of the best in the world, not to mention a staff favorite here at Bounty Hunter. Not only has it been compared to Château Cheval Blanc, one of the greatest red wines of France, but this wine could easily hang with the finest examples of Cab Franc from the Napa Valley
“Rich yet focused, with flavors of black currant, olive, tobacco and iron. Features a dense grain, yet all the components work together, with balance and light tannins on the fresh, coffee-tinged finish.” – Wine Spectator

Le Macchiole [MOCK-E-ol-eh] is one of the greatest producers in Tuscany’s Bolgheri zone, which is similar to the Napa Valley in its climate and style of wines. Just down the road from Sassicaia and Ornellaia, Le Macchiole was founded in 1983 by Eugenio Campolmi and Cinzia Merli, both natives of Bolgheri. Eugenio passed away some years ago, and today Cinzia still runs the domaine. It is no overstatement to say that the wines of Macchiole are some of the finest wines produced in Bolgheri, but in all of Italy. They simply have it all: Perfume, grace, purity, balance, and POWER. They define “great stuff,” our entire modus operandi. A mixed case of these wines would be such a great play for your cellar. If you’re not yet hip to Macchiole, these are the kinds of wines that will have you calling to thank us for the recommendation for years to come.

Cabernet Franc
Cinzia Merli
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 100% new
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Cabernet Franc
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle


Captivating aromatics, bright fruit and silky, ripe tannins give the 2014 Paleo Rosso much of its inviting personality. Arresting in its beauty, the 2014 is translucent, pretty and highly nuanced. The cold, late-maturing vintage did not allow for a super-concentrated style, so the winery followed the natural rhythm of the vintage, and to great effect. In other words, the estate got every ounce of potential out of the year. In 2014, Paleo Rosso is a touch slender, but it is also vivid and exquisitely beautiful. Readers should expect a perfumed Paleo Rosso built on grace rather than power. The 100% new French oak is impeccably balanced. In other words, Le Macchiole crushed it.