“…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
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 fourteen vintages consecutively and was also numbered among the Guide’s ‘Fifty Wines which changed Italy’. Latterly the critics have got on board with great write-ups from Jancis Robinson, The Wall Street Journal (to whom we introduced the estate) and the Wine Advocate giving recent vintages of San Leonardo 94-97 point scores.
2011 is being touted as up there with the best San Leonardo ever, with winenews.it first out of the gates declaring it the best wine release in Italy this year (joint 1st place with Sassicaia 2013), based on the aggregate score of Italy’s seven main wine guides (Gambero Rosso, L’Espresso, Veronelli, Bibenda, Associazione Italiana Sommellier, Daniele Cernilli and Slow Wine (“I grandi vini”).
To my mind it has the structure of recent 5* vintages like 2006 and 2010 but with the hedonistic fruit of 2004 and 2007, which are equally if not higher-rated, a true tour de force.
Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga stated excitedly that “the vintage is Great! Easier to appreciate right now than the 2010, the wine is extremely elegant with incredibly ripe and smooth tannins. It has plenty of fruit as well as a nice sottobosco character (woodland perfume). The important thing is that it preserves the identity of San Leonardo and it’s freshness.”
|Grower||Tenuta San Leonardo|
|Duty Paid / In Bond||Duty Paid|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
|Wine Style||Hearty Red|
|Winemaking||Organic wines, Sustainable farming|
|Drinkability||Early in drinking window|
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