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The wine is an amazing expression of the Cabernet Franc grape. It rivals the best examples ever produced from this varetial. Its name (Paleo) comes from a wild herb that grows on the Tuscan coast of Italy that symbolizes a strong local identity and the will to reach all goals. Well in 2016 this wine has exceeded every expectation, and is the greatest Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso every produced!
Antonio Galloni 98 pts! The 2016 Paleo Rosso is a total stunner. Explosive and intensely floral, with tremendous aromatic intensity, the 2016 exudes class from the very first taste. Grilled herbs, crushed rose, peach, espresso and raspberry jam are some of the many notes that flesh out. The 2016 closes down quickly in the glass, which is likely a very good sign for its longer term prospects. The purity of the fruit alone is striking. Despite its considerable richness, the 2016 retains freshness, lift and exceptional finesse. The personality of pure Cabernet Franc comes through in spades. Simply put, the 2016 Paleo Rosso is a stunner. (Drink between 2020-2036)
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 97 pts! Here's another pure varietal expression, this time Cabernet Franc, and it is one for the ages. The 2015 edition of the Paleo was hot with nutty notes, whereas the 2016 Paleo is tighter and fresher. There is tension and precision here, rendering beautifully pastoral tones of green olive and herbs. You'll pick up notes of moist earth along with some spice. The freshness is truly epic, with well-integrated tannins. When you hit the licorice tones, you'll finally appreciate the depth and dimension of this wine. This is a true beauty, with enormous depth, concentration and power.