Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo 2016 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo 2016
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Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo 2016

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San Leonardo Rosso is a singular northern Italian mountain wine that doesn’t follow any appellation rules. Instead it has been created from the unique vision of two men (Carlo Gonzaga and Giacomo Tachis) that saw the potential of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere in this unique territory in the Italian Alps). Although San Leonardo produces several wines with its roots delving deep into its centuries-old history, this is the iconic wine of the estate. A classic, aristocratically elegant Bordeaux-style blend that boasts extraordinary aging potential, San Leonardo Rosso was created by the Marquis Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga in 1982. Coming from the most ancient vineyards on the estate, this is barrel aged in French-oak for 24 months, in new, second and third passage barriques. This wine has unbelievably won the coveted Italian Awards of Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso, 21 times!!! 

The story of the San Leonardo estate began over a thousand years ago in the Vallagarina valley in the southern part of Trentino Alto Adige. San Leonardo was originally founded as a monastery in 900 AD and later acquired by the Marquises Guerrieri Gonzaga, who have been the passionate custodians for the last 300 years. The turning point in the estate came about with 1982 harvest when Marchese Carlo decided to create the wine “San Leonardo”, a wine which quickly became famous for its innate elegance, now considered to be a quintessential noble wine of Italy. At San Leonardo, wines are passionately handcrafted in a limited amount of bottles. Wines from here fully express their unique terroir which has its origin in the great mountains surrounding the estate. The red varieties planted are Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère, and the estate uses Certified Organic agricultural methods. There is an overall emphasis on sustainability here, with solar panels, beehives and flowering meadows for the estate's precious bees, and the Monastary vegetable garden is full of medicinal herbs and spices, this is also a place which is a Certified “Friends of Biodiversity” estate. Presence of three soil types: sand and gravel deposits from the Adige river (the river banks), clay, rich in pebbles and alluvial fan (river bed), Dolostone whose limestone component derives from the Lessini Mountains. Wines are created all in a very classic style with major focus on elegance. Perfectly balanced alcohol (around 13%) was a major point for us when we decided to purchase this wine for the Bottle Shop, and the red wines are produced only by spontaneous fermentation, no selected yeasts are used. Wines are developed exclusively in concrete tanks. Unfiltered (red wines). Low sulfites used. Extremely long aging and evolution potential. Traditional use of Carmenere vines since 1850. And our dad used to buy this wine. This is a wonderful addition to our Italian selection for 2021.  




Vinous
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Deep, dark and sensual, the 2016 Tenuta San Leonardo lifts from the glass with an alluring mix of crushed blackberry and plum. With time it blossoms further to reveal tobacco, brown spice, white smoke and peppery florals. It's velvety and wonderfully textural, yet also energized by a complex mix of stimulating acids and minerals, giving life to ripe fruits, as youthful tannins slowly clamp down. The finish is incredibly long and structured. There's energy and verve, mixing black raspberry with hints of licorice under an air of purple-tinged flowers. The 2016 has a lot to like, quite primary today but a year away from release. This early preview, which has been bottled for a year now, is full of potential. Very nice! 94-96

Eric Guido, July 2020

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