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San Leonardo

Tenuta San Leonardo, San Leonardo 2007

R1,400

14 in stock

Notes

Tenuta San Leonardo is a winery that flies somewhat under the radar, producing a prodigious Bordeaux style blend in the Dolomite mountains of Trentino. The long-aging flagship contains a large component of Carmenere which also delivers a unique savouriness. The style is typically Italian with a firm acidity and medium body, altogether with generous pure fruit and a mineral texture.

The wines are more akin to Bordeaux than Bolgheri with their balance and purity. San Leonardo’s owner Marchese Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga, a rare example of a professionally-trained aristocrat-oenologist in the era, spent time at Tenuta San Guido back in the 1960s and subsequently employed the same legendary consultant, Giacomo Tachis, as Sassicaia for a time.

Located midway between Verona and Trento, with the Dolomites serving as an imposing backdrop, this lovingly-tended 300 hectares include manicured lawns, parkland, a stunning villa, museum, the original Roman road to Austria and a cellar to rival any Bordeaux chateau. ‘Claret incarnate ‘ writes Jancis, San Leonardo could easily pass as Cru Classé with the ability to ages 2 or 3 decades.

Tasting notes:
'My feeling is that the 2007 San Leonardo has yet to shows its mettle or true grit. There has been a long-standing competition between the 2006 and 2007 vintages in many parts of Italy including Brunello and Barolo. But the mountainous vineyards of Trentino may actually find a brighter future in 2007 compared to the highly-acclaimed 2006 vintage. I say that because only here do diurnal (night versus daytime temperature shifts) play such a fundamental role in the future development of wine. In Trentino, 2007 was characterized by warner summer temperatures for darker concentration and fresh autumnal nights for developing aromatic intensity. I believe that mountain wines will show greater results down the road in 2007 compared to other parts of Italy.' – Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 94/100

'The first vintage with more than 13% on the label. Very bright crimson with a hint of putty on the nose but then mellow, broad fruit on the palate. It really does taste of macerated stones. Still quite tight, it has quite a charge of still-perceptible tannins. Solid, clean and fresh with lots of taut energy.' – Jancis Robinson, 17.5+/20

Tenuta San Leonardo is a winery that flies somewhat under the radar, producing a prodigious Bordeaux style blend in the Dolomite mountains of Trentino. The long-aging flagship contains a large component of Carmenere which also delivers a unique savouriness. The style is typically Italian with a firm acidity and medium body, altogether with generous pure fruit and a mineral texture.

The wines are more akin to Bordeaux than Bolgheri with their balance and purity. San Leonardo’s owner Marchese Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga, a rare example of a professionally-trained aristocrat-oenologist in the era, spent time at Tenuta San Guido back in the 1960s and subsequently employed the same legendary consultant, Giacomo Tachis, as Sassicaia for a time.

Located midway between Verona and Trento, with the Dolomites serving as an imposing backdrop, this lovingly-tended 300 hectares include manicured lawns, parkland, a stunning villa, museum, the original Roman road to Austria and a cellar to rival any Bordeaux chateau. ‘Claret incarnate ‘ writes Jancis, San Leonardo could easily pass as Cru Classé with the ability to ages 2 or 3 decades.

Tasting notes:
'My feeling is that the 2007 San Leonardo has yet to shows its mettle or true grit. There has been a long-standing competition between the 2006 and 2007 vintages in many parts of Italy including Brunello and Barolo. But the mountainous vineyards of Trentino may actually find a brighter future in 2007 compared to the highly-acclaimed 2006 vintage. I say that because only here do diurnal (night versus daytime temperature shifts) play such a fundamental role in the future development of wine. In Trentino, 2007 was characterized by warner summer temperatures for darker concentration and fresh autumnal nights for developing aromatic intensity. I believe that mountain wines will show greater results down the road in 2007 compared to other parts of Italy.' – Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, 94/100

'The first vintage with more than 13% on the label. Very bright crimson with a hint of putty on the nose but then mellow, broad fruit on the palate. It really does taste of macerated stones. Still quite tight, it has quite a charge of still-perceptible tannins. Solid, clean and fresh with lots of taut energy.' – Jancis Robinson, 17.5+/20

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Country

IT

Region

Trentino-Alto Adige

Style

Red

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