2016 San Leonardo, Tenuta San Leonardo, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

2016 San Leonardo, Tenuta San Leonardo, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

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2016 San Leonardo, Tenuta San Leonardo, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Description

Notes of rich, dark fruits on the nose, intermingled with spice and ripe herbs. Full-bodied and palate-filling in the mouth with loads of dark cherry, cassis and plum notes, a touch of vanilla, summer herbs and hints of tobacco and graphite. Crisp acidity and fine-grained tannins round this off on the long finish. This is a very impressive San Leonardo which will drink well young and age gracefully for decades.

Drink 2021 - 2040

Chris Pollington, Private Account Manager (June 2021)

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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
James Suckling94/100
Eric Guido, Vinous94-96/100
Wine Advocate92/100
This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère with fruit contributions from across the estate vineyard holdings. The well-priced 2016 Terre di San Leonardo is a terrific sounding board not only for the vintage and its classic lines but also for the unique San Leonardo territory and microclimate at the Adige River bed between mountain peaks. The wine opens to a medium-light appearance with dark garnet highlights. The aromas are delicate and soft, with a lot of blue flower and wild rose. A refreshing layer of forest berry and cassis come next, and the bouquet finishes up with mulling spice and smoke. There is a point of sour cherry or cranberry on the finish. This is a large production, with 95,000 bottles.
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (February 2021) Read more
James Suckling94/100
A very elegant, classic Bordeaux blend in the Italian context, but this is actually a special wine in any context, thanks to its subtlety and aromatic complexity. Blackcurrant, black-cherry and mint notes with just a hint of red bell pepper. Finely etched, medium-bodied palate with crisp tannins and lively acidity. The elegant tannins carry the long, cool finish. Drinkable now, but better from 2023.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (June 2021) Read more
Eric Guido, Vinous94-96/100
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!
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Tenuta San Leonardo

Tenuta San Leonardo

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Trentino-Alto-Adige

Trentino-Alto-Adige

Formerly part of Austria and known to the locals as Südtirol,Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy’s most northern province, is perhaps an unsurprising source of the country’s crunchiest white wines; they are made from grapes such as Kerner, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer to suit the thriving tourist market.

The vines cling onto the bare gneiss rocks that line the draughty Brennero pass that links Italy with Austria, and red varieties Schiava and Lagrein are grown on the pockets of porphyry soil found at the heart of the region.

Recommended Producers: Cantina Terlano
 

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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