The estate was created at Bolgheri in 1983 as a result of Eugenio Campolmi’s desire to get closer to nature and establish an intimate relationship with his vines. His idea was to start off from the vineyards, investing heavily in research and experimentation (including the use of varieties rarely planted in the area) and thus demonstrating that even a small estate can contribute towards making a wine region important. He and his wife, Cinzi Merli's, fruitful efforts paid off and now Le Macchiole is a highly acclaimed and respected vineyard.
Cinzi Merli, who now runs the vineyard (since her husband's passing in 2002), describes the Paleo as: " the wine that I feel closest to, and which gives me the strongest sensations. It can surprise you in the nicest of ways and is the one which gives you great and unexpected emotions. It enters into
your soul in a persuasive, intriguing manner, without ever being excessive in any way"
The Paleo is produced from Cabernet Franc and Le Macchiole was the first in Bolgheri to believe in and appreciate the grape varietal.
Wine Enthusiast (WE): 96
"This beautiful vintage of Paleo (an oak-aged expression of Cabernet Franc) shows dark, inky intensity and loads of mature black fruit, spice, plum, prune and blackberry. It is extremely smooth and rich with a long-lasting fade that consists of fruit and clove-like flavors. Yet, the tannins are still firm, so put this wine aside in your cellar for at least five years."