Le Macchiole Paleo Bianco 2021 750ml
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Le Macchiole Paleo Bianco 2021

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Le Macchiole doesn't just produce great reds; in fact, Paleo's alter ego, Paleo Bianco, hit the scene in 1991. It is produced in extremely small quantities, made with Chardonnay and a bit of Sauvignon Blanc. Its strong Mediterranean character boasts equal parts intensity, flavor, and depth. This is a wine that surprises, especially in terms of its ability to age.
Wine Advocate
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The 2021 Paleo Bianco is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Sauvignon Blanc that offers fresh acidity, creamy citrus and plenty of sharp mineral definition. This mid-weight white sees partial oak. Only 10% of the Chardonnay sees barrique, and the rest goes into bigger tonneaux. The Sauvignon Blanc goes directly into stainless steel. The purpose of this two-phased approach is to maintain the almost salty aromas that emerge so gracefully. They did not want to prioritize the heavy sweetness or excessively tropical notes of the Chardonnay. This wine will hit the market in March 2023 but was bottled in April of this year. The first vintage made was 1991, and at the beginning, some Vermentino was used in the blend. Later, the blend was mostly Sauvignon Blanc with Chardonnay as support, but the roles were later reversed. By the way, I tasted the 1992 vintage of this wine at a local restaurant, and it was stunning.

Monica Larner, July 29, 2022
Wine Spectator
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Fresh and steely, with apple and lemon flavors that meld with vanilla and baking spices from the oak. Balanced and well-delineated, with a mouthwatering finish. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2027. 555 cases made, 50 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, May 1, 2023

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