"One of the great wines of Italy."
“…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.
"Tasted as a preview sample from bottle, the 2014 San Leonardo is set to be released in April or May of 2019. This vintage still needs time in the bottle to flesh out and take on more volume. In its youth, the wine takes longer to open. However, it already shows that characteristic San Leonardo pedigree with extremely polished tannins followed by bright fruit intensity with plum, spice and dried mountain herb. The wine's acidity adds to the glossy and bright personality of this mid-weight vintage." 92-94/100, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
"The 2014 San Leonardo is understated at first, yet remarkably pretty and poised. The 2014 shows floral-laced strawberry and cherry, with hints of fresh thyme and cedar dust coming forward over time. Fleshy textural fruits soothe all that they touch, while remaining balanced and cool-toned. Gentle acids aid that tug at the cheeks, while sweet spices and inner florals punctuate the finale. Fine-grained tannins resonate, as the mouth waters with crunchy minerality while tart red berries linger on. The 2014 was the result of a difficult and rainy vintage, yet it shows quite well even today.." 91 pts, Eric Guido
|Grower||Tenuta San Leonardo|
|Duty Paid / In Bond||Duty Paid|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
|Wine Style||Smooth Red|
|Winemaking||Organic wines, Sustainable farming|
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