Red Wine Le Macchiole - Paleo Rosso

Le Macchiole - Paleo Rosso

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Founded in 1983 by Cinzia Merli and her late
husband Eugenio Campolmi, Le Macchiole
is situated in the Bolgheri DOC area, on the
Tuscan coast. Le Macchiole has 54 acres of
vineyards and is known for crafting single
variety wines made from 100% Cabernet
Franc, 100% Merlot and 100% Syrah. Le
Macchiole is notable for being the first
winery in the region to produce a monovariety
Cabernet Franc wine, and the first to
adopt high density planting. Cinzia manages
the winery and estate with her brother
Massimo Merli, winemaker Luca Rettondini
and with her son Elia working alongside


Paleo Rosso is sourced from four of the
estate’s five vineyards: Puntone, Casa Nuova,
Vignone and Madonnina.


Paleo Rosso was fermented for 25 days in
concrete vats and aged for 20 months in
oak barrels with 75% new and 25% second
passage. Approximately 24,000 bottles were


Named for the local wild grass that once
covered its vineyards, Paleo Rosso is a
landmark expression of Italian Cabernet
Franc. Eugenio Campolmi had long dreamt
of creating a unique wine that would
stand apart from the rest of Bolgheri, and
converted this wine from a blend to 100% Cabernet Franc in 2001.

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