Skip to product information
1 of 1

Tenuta San Leonardo, 2019 - Half-bottle

Tenuta San Leonardo, 2019 - Half-bottle

Tenuta San Leonardo | Trentino, Italy | 37.5cl
  • Red Still
  • Organic
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Merlot
Regular price £195.50
Regular price Offer price £195.50
Delivery/Duty status
Sorry, we cannot accept orders containing a mix of items for delivery & items to be stored in-bond. Please change your duty/delivery selection or order separately.
In-bond/duty-free wine purchases are sold exclusive of duty & VAT until you are ready to receive them. If you choose our bonded storage, we do not charge landing fees.
Bottle or case?

Please note, en primeur wines are not available for delivery until they arrive in the UK

Sorry, there is a minimum order quantity of

Spend £75.00 more to get free UK delivery when you order duty-paid

Please note that this wine is offered In Bond, with an estimated delivery in Autumn 2024.

After banging the drum for the Guerrieri Gonzaga family’s remarkable (and remarkably consistent) Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend for the last fifteen years, having finally sampled the brand-new 2019 the other night with Club Members, to say we're buzzing about this new release would be an under-statement.

"A noble offering from the estate: Perfumed, supple, elegant, fine-boned, and balanced to perfection. There is rarely any fat on San Leonardo and the 2019 is no exception. Graceful, peppery red berry fruits and plums, violets, mint, and spicier, darker notes of cherry, cedar, and tobacco on the nose. The attack is savoury-edged and sapid, and fans out on the mid-palate with forest berries, tamarind, cacao nibs, and freshly milled pepper. Juicy acidity and long, lean tannins drive to an energetic, lifted finish."
Tom Harrow, Head Wine Guru

The wines of San Leonardo are more akin to Bordeaux than Bolgheri with their balance and purity and (said the late and greatly respected Italian specialist Nicolas Belfrage) "can have an elegance-cum-depth capable of taking on the best clarets of the world". Jancis clearly agrees, noting latterly the wine’s “astoundingly consistent quality” and how each vintage is “beautifully low-key and like the most refined red bordeaux imaginable”, determining it is "Surely the most successful Bordeaux blend of Northern Italy”.

The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner calls it “… one of the great wines of Italy… Sassicaia and San Leonardo seem like brothers separated in childhood” after James Suckling had previously made the comparison referring to San Leonardo as “The Sassicaia of the North”. The comparison is more than skin deep as 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 helping create Sassicaia with legendary consultant, Giacomo Tachis, whom he subsequently employed at his own estate. The estate has received the top ‘Tre Bicchiere’ rating from Gambero Rosso for an unprecedented seventeen vintages, and has twice been voted by aggregate Italy’s top wine release of the year (jointly with Sassicaia, to continue the comparison).

Antonio Galloni weighs in saying “The Guerrieri Gonzaga’s are one of the great families of Italian wine. Over the years, the Guerrieri Gonzaga’s have produced a number of stellar Bordeaux-influenced reds at San Leonardo, many of which I have had the privilege to taste.” Meanwhile his colleague at Vinous, Eric Guido, after a 28-vintage vertical, says “If you enjoy classic Bordeaux, if you enjoy the energy and verve of Italian wine, and if you crave experiencing history in a bottle, then you should seek out Tenuta San Leonardo”. He also concludes “I frankly don’t remember the last time I found so much pleasure in tasting for hours on end”.

What the critics say:

96/100Eric Guido, Vinous

"The 2019 San Leonardo is impossible to ignore, embodying everything I love about this distinctly northern Italian Bordeaux blend. Masses of white pepper, sage, incense, sandy earth and fresh tobacco give way to dusty red currants. This is a model of elegance yet salty and savory to the core, with mineral-laden red and black fruits that flow across silky textures. The 2019 finishes classically dry with a crunchy tannic bite yet maintains an impossible freshness as savory herbal tones slowly fade. This is stunning, recalling the absolute top vintages I've ever tasted from San Leonardo."

View full details


Tenuta San Leonardo

Originally a monastery, for three hundred years the Marchesi Guerrieri Gonzaga family have owned San Leonardo, bringing it from vinous obscurity to the very forefront of Italian winemaking.

Learn more
  • Free Shipping

    Get free UK delivery when you spend £75 or more on duty paid wine

    Learn about delivery 
  • Speak to one of our Wine Gurus

    With years of experience, our team can help you with all your wine buying and selling needs

    Speak to a Wine Guru