Tenuta San Leonardo, Terre 750ml 2015Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige
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.
The Terre is ‘a fabulous wine for the money’ writes Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com. A delicious baby version of the San Leonardo that will drink earlier but offers similar styling with a touch more fruit.
'Brilliant ruby red, with attractive depth and decent length. The aromas are alcohol and fruit-rich when the wine is young, later mellowing with bottle age into ripe plum fruit layered over a faintly grassy background note. Dry, soft and well-balanced on the palate, it reveals a pleasing bitterish twist in the finish. Good aromatic length.' – Winemaker
Grapes are destemmed and soft-crushed, with minimal use of sulphur dioxide. The juice ferments and macerates on the skins for a long period of time, during which the cap is punched down daily. The must is coldclarified by allowing the lees to settle.
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