Tasted in Jan 2022, we were really impressed with this 2014 San Leonardo which is a Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon blend). Those who follow us know we like wines with good acid structure because they are simply better with food! Perhaps, a little biased because we simply love the Alto-Adige region. :) A beautiful region....pretty much unlike rest of Italy....some of them speak German here! At the Austrian border.
“…one of the great wines of Italy… Sassicaia and San Leonardo seem like brothers separated in childhood.” The Wine Advocate
“Surely the most successful Bordeaux blend of Northern Italy”
Jancis Robinson, August 2012
San Leonardo’s outstanding Bordeaux blend has received ‘Tre Bicchiere’ (3-glasses - top awards) from Gambero Rosso for an extraordinary fourteen vintages consecutively and was also numbered among the Guide’s ‘Fifty Wines which changed Italy’!.
From one of Cellartracker's members:
'Some Italians call this wine the „Sassicaia of the North“. Smells like fresh forest, fern, minerals, but also lavender, red current and spices. Medium-bodied, very subtle and complex, elegant, pleasant and different. Will certainly improve over the next five or so years.'
Winemaker's notes: Intense ruby red color with garnet highlights. A wine of remarkable intensity on the nose, which layers bell peppers and wild berries over a background note of vanilla. The palate is full, warm and impressively rounded, with intense aromatics that linger on the palate.
Ideal with poultry, red meats, roasts, braises, game and aged cheeses.
'The Tenuta San Leonardo 2014 San Leonardo has fleshed out nicely since I tasted the wine in a preview capacity a few years back. The cool, humid vintage is associated with a tendency toward greener flavors and thinner wines in many of its peers. You get some of that here; however, the wine shows a bouquet that has expanded far beyond those youthful parameters to show dark cherry, cassis, toasted nut and mountain herb. The tannins are polished but firm, and there's just enough textural snap or elasticity to hope for a long and healthy cellar aging. As usual with Tenuta San Leonardo, you need to have patience before opening this wine.'
Rating: Wine Advocate 94+
Region: Alto-Adige (northern Italy)