“…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.
Tom's Big Boys
"The perfect size for two – as long as one of you isn’t drinking”
Is there a better enjoyed phrase in the wine world than this quote? There's something special, celebratory or just plain sensible about larger formats. They mature better, for longer, and how many times have you found yourself saying “the last glass was the best” about a bottle as a wine opens slowly to reveal its best nature, only as you are down to the final drops...?