"…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 2012The 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.
"...in very much a Bordeaux style as opposed to a Super-Tuscan or Napa Valley manner, this wine is the epitome of class and restraint and it is just starting to drink, too. At a mere 13% alcohol, it is impeccably balanced and there is so much freshness and brightness on the nose and palate it is astonishing. Ripe cabernet cassis notes joust with greener tones from the carménère and wild lustiness from the merlot, and these elements combine beautifully on the sleek palate. Hurry to secure your stock now." Matthew Jukes' 'Wine of the week' for MoneyWeek(July-2021)
"An aristocratic nose, concentrated and dense, deceptively Bordelais, graphite, pain grillé, blackberries, roasted earth, freshly ground coffee, touch of brick dust, softer sour cherries and dried violets emerge and lastly that distinct herbaceous note. Overnight the perfume is softer and more enveloping, like being wrapped in a velvet curtain, with sweeter cherries to the fore. Palate is succulent, supple and vibrant, very long and linear, with a reassuring patrician solidity like a sitting in Burgundy chesterfield behind a large mahogany desk, both well-polished, like the tannins on the 2016 which are sleek, streamlined yet plushly textured with a saline-edged, bitter chocolate finish. Pure class in the glass." Tom Harrow, Wine Guru
|Grower||Tenuta San Leonardo|
|Duty Paid / In Bond||In Bond|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
|Wine Style||Hearty Red|
|Winemaking||Organic wines, Sustainable farming, Vegan wines, Vegetarian wines|
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