Black currant, cherry, cedar, herbs, coffee and spice flavors are the hallmarks of this fragrant, juicy red. Tightens up on the finish, yet remains balanced and long, with fruit and herbal elements echoing on the mouthwatering finish. Cabernet Franc.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
In October of 2015, Cinzia Merli presided over a vertical tasting of Paleo, tracing its evolution from a cabernet sauvignon blend in the inaugural 1989 vintage to a monovarietal cabernet franc by 2001. The warm, dry 2012 growing season was marked by low yields, giving a beautifully textured cabernet franc, its flavors of red plum and black currant loaded with notes of tobacco, dried fennel and black spice. Lively and agile, with firm tannins and lingering notes of smoke and graphite, this is a match for beef braciole.
Author: Joshua Greene
Vinous | Rating: 94
Le Macchiole's 2012 Paleo Rosso (Cabernet Franc) is rich, ample and dense, with lovely immediacy and plenty of up-front richness. Suave, silky and generous, the 2012 is going to need a few years to develop the full breadth of its aromatics - one of the signatures of Paleo - but it is promising and quite delicious, even at this early stage. The radiant, deeply expressive finish is super-appealing. Over the last few years, the Paleo Rosso has improved dramatically. While Scrio and Messorio are smaller production wines and more expensive, in many ways the Paleo Rosso is making a serious move to establish itself as Le Macchiole's flagship.
Author: Antonio Galloni
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97
Love the aromas to this wine with black olives, red chiles and violets. Full-bodied, very tannic and structured, yet polished and also in harmony. A rich, racy and wonderful young red. Pure cabernet franc. Better in 2017.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2012 Paleo (Cabernet Franc) is a spicy and enticing wine with loads of intensity and inner harmony. The great thing about this wine is that beyond the power and brawn; the wine shows a much higher level of elegance and sophistication than you may expect. This is the Le Macchiole magical touch. Pretty floral tones are woven within a dark fabric of ripe fruit, grilled herb and exotic spice. The wine is absolutely seamless and smooth.