Tuesday, April 29, 2008

1998 Le Macchiole, Paleo, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy

(85% CS, 10% CF, 5% SG)

The blend has now changed. I can’t stop comparing this with the 1998 Ornellaia. Not that they are totally alike, but there are both not very Italian. The 1997 vintage is defiantly more exotic – but that comes from a lot of heat that turns out to be a liqueur component. The ’98 is for me a much more simple wine, with heavy load of barriques flavours, sweetness and a somewhat warm fruit core. It could easily have passed for an overseas wine in a blind tasting. It’s excused by its age and the barriques vanilla seems a bit too noticeable and in time they might settle down. The taste has a bold structure, but again too much blackcurrant and I really missed a different layer and the minerals I so much love in Le Macchiole’s wines. (89)

Glass: Riedel Sommelier Bordeaux Grand Cru Details: Paleo Vertical 1992-2002

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