Paleo Bianco 2017
First produced in 1991 in tiny quantities for a local restaurant, Paleo Bianco today is a silky, mineral-driven blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc with loads of savory Mediterranean character.
The fruit for Paleo Bianco 2016 was sourced from the Casa Nuova vineyard, which was planted in 2009. Yields are notably restricted. The training system is single guyot.
Paleo Bianco is fermented in oak barrels of varying sizes for 10 days (20% in 225L, 50% in 300L and 30% in 500L), followed by 7 months of aging (20% in new oak barriques and tonneaux, and 80% in second, third and fourth passage barriques and tonneaux.
2017 set record high temperatures in Bolgheri and throughout Italy. At Le Macchiole, the white grapes were harvested ahead of schedule, in order to get grapes with good acidity and excellent sugar content. The wine was not affected by the warm weather throughout the year and
preserves its citric note, which gives freshness and complexity.
Deep aromas of lime and white flowers and a delicate spicy note reminiscent of almond and hazelnut.
-Tasting note from winery
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
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Wine Advocate - "A blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Paleo Bianco is not quite as fleshed out as the 2016, as this wine came out a bit saltier and finer in texture. The citric component of the Sauvignon was very much intact this year, but overall, the earlier harvest (on August 14th) in this hot vintage resulted in a drier quality of fruit. The last rains came in May, and many summer days felt like an open oven on the Tuscan Coast. This Paleo Bianco has strong notes of stone along with that famous citrus power. The team at Le Macchiole did tons of work in the vineyard to counter the challenges of the heat."
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