Le Macchiole Paleo Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2010 (4.8/5)
I would have never thought Cabernet Franc could do so well in Italy.
Of course this is closer to a right-bank Bordeaux than to a Loire Valley example. Still is full of grace, poise and balance.
Do not expect to find an all-muscles super-extracted fruit bomb in this "super-tuscan". We are on a level of elegance rarely touched before in Tuscany with this allochthonous grape variety.
Tasting Notes: It appears med+ to deep vivid ruby, with good legs. On the nose it's clean and offers, with med+ intensity, varietal and seductive notes of violets, blackberries and blueberries with some provencal herbs, a mineral earthy hint and additional notes brought from the elevage in barrique: cocoa, tobacco, mocha, sweet spices. So sexy and elegant as only cabernet franc at its peak can be. On the palate is dry, with med/med+ acidity, still very serious in its tight but fine tannic structure, medium+ alcohol, med+ body, very good complexity and concentration of flavours on the mid palate towards a long finish.