“…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 flagship wine from this celebrated Trentino estate was not produced in 2012. We do have the stunning 2013 San Leonardo on the market now. This vintage is large in scale and has immediate intensity, and I am somewhat surprised by the volume and seamless bouquet that appears this early in the game. This vintage shows balanced ripeness with plummy fruit aromas that are carefully contrasted against spice, leather and fine tobacco. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot, and San Leonardo is always aged in barrique for four years (of which only 25% of the barrels are new). This is a bottle to keep long (extra long) in your cellar." 96/100, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
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.
On the 2013...
'Gentleman', a monthly edition by Milano Finanza recently released the line-up of Italy's greatest wines, based on the cumulative ratings of the main Italian wine guides, with the San Leonardo 2013 positioned as number 1 in Italy.
A few of the notes from the reviewers: the Gambero Rosso in awarding the Tre Bicchieri to the 2013 celebrates its "vitality, complexity, elegance, harmony", Daniele Cernilli in Doctor Wine defines it as a "great, intense and elegant wine", Slowine underlines its "fineness and elegance, of superior structure", for Bibenda it is an image of "excellence, nobility and enological elegance", Veronelli speaks of a "jewel of Italian enology, champion of finesse and elegance". Vitae Quattro Viti awarded it the Trastevin 2018 as a symbolic wine of its region.
"San Leonardo reported that 2013 was one of their most balanced years in the set of recent vintages, and from the bouquet alone, I can already say that I agree. Here I’m finding a classic expression of cool-climate Bordeaux varieties, with fresh blackberry and raspberry, complemented by peppery florals and wild herbs. Smoky minerals add even further depths. The sheer density of fruit is remarkable. Polished yet fleshy and ripe, juicy acids guide with gorgeous inner florals and mounting fine-grained tannins toward the long and youthfully structured finale. This is enjoyable to taste today, yet also well-positioned to mature beautifully for many decades in your cellar. Fans of San Leonardo shouldn’t be without the 2013." 95 pts, Eric Guido
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