#WineShrink on the couch with Marchese Anselmo, San Leonardo
“…one of the great wines of Italy… Sassicaia and San Leonardo seem like brothers separated in childhood.” Wine Advocate, December 2014
“Surely the most successful Bordeaux blend of Northern Italy”
Jancis Robinson, August 2012
Viewed as the Sassicaia of the North, the wines are more akin to Bordeaux than Bolgheri with their balance and purity and (says leading Italian critic Nicolas Belfrage) ‘can have an elegance-cum-depth capable of taking on the best clarets of the world‘. San Leonardo’s owner Marchese Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga, a rare example (at the time) of a professionally-trained aristocrat-oenologist, spent time at Tenuta San Guido back in the 1960s and subsequently employed the same legendary consultant, Giacomo Tachis, as Sassicaia for a time.
San Leonardo’s outstanding Bordeaux blend has received ‘Tre Bicchiere’ from Gambero Rosso for an extraordinary thirteen vintages consecutively and was also numbered among the Guide’s ‘Fifty Wines which changed Italy’. After great write-ups from Jancis and last year Will Lyons from the Wall Street Journal (whom we introduced to the estate), the Wine Advocate finally got on board in December with Monica Larmer giving recent vintages of San Leonardo 94-97 point scores. One of my personal favourite Italian wines, unquestionably the top winery in the region and renowned as one of the most consistent – stylistically and qualitatively – in the whole of Italy, YET its wines remain extremely well-priced by comparison to more widely publicised names.
Published on: March 4, 2015