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    VINE TYPE
    San Leonardo’s Carmenère is made using carmenère grapes grown on the estate’s oldest vineyards. The grapes are vinified exclusively in cement tanks (50-80 hl), and undergo manual pigeage several times a day.

    VINE TRAINING SYSTEMS
    Pergola trentina at a density of 1500 plants per hector and Guyot at a densit y of 6,600 plants per hectare.

    AGE OF THE VINES
    From 35 to 50 years old.

    YEILD PER HECTARE
    35–70 quintals/hectare.

    HARVEST PERIOD
    The grapes are picked when perfectly ripe during the month of October.

    MATURATION
    The early months of maturation in cement tanks are followed by 18-24 months in new and pre-used barriques.

    BOTTLE AGEING
    For at least three years before release onto the market.

    SENSORY ANALYSIS
    Pronounced ruby red colour with violet highlights. It has remarkable aromatic intensity, with fragrances encompassing green peppers and forest berries. The palate is full and warm, slightly herbaceous when young, becoming more rounded with age; it has exceptionally prolonged aromatic persistence. A wine of quite extraordinary character and longevity.

    FOOD MATCHING
    An ideal partner for red meat dishes, poultry, roasts, braised or stewed meats, game and mature cheeses.

    SERVING TEMPERATURE
    16°C.

    AGEING POTENTIAL
    30 years or more.

    ALCOHOL
    13% vol.

    FORMATS
    Available in 75cl bottles and 1,5L magnums.



    2007

    The 2007 operations began far earlier than usual. April was dry and warm with average temperatures in excess of 17 degrees, causing the vegetation phase to begin very early, with flowering starting as early as mid-May. The months of June and July saw very little rainfall (around 60 mm), allowing veraison to arrive without any notable health problems for the vines. In August, almost 200mm of rainfall was concentrated in just a few days and in two distinct periods – the beginning and the end of the month – which, however, did not impact too heavily on the ripening process. The perfect, healthy grapes enabled us to do something we had not done for a while: the differentiated harvesting of the Merlot and Cabernet. The harvesting lasted more than a month, and came to an end in early October, with no particular problems to report.


    «San Leonardo has grown steadily in stature to rank among the finest Bordeaux blends of Italy»

    [Burton Anderson Best Italian Wines 2000]

    «Des vins aristocratiques e d’une grande civilità»

    [Revue du vin de France, fevrier 2003]

    «This blockbuster Bordeaux Blend from Trentino is clearly the Sassicaia of the north»

    [James Suckling, Wine Spectator, December 2001 ]


    «È un monumento a Bordeaux in terra Italiana»

    [Guida Duemila Vini AIS Italiana 2006]

    «Un vin d’une grande finesse et élégance»

    [Markus del Monego MW Master of Wine & World Champion Sommelier 2007]

    «Spicca per l’innata eleganza»

    [Spirito di Vino, maggio 2008]


    «Einen der spannendsten Weine des Landes, eine Cuvée nach bordelaiser Vorbild, aber mit viel aristokratischer Finesee und italienischer Eleganza»

    [Richard Grosche, Weinwelt 2009]

    «The San Leonardo estate has been producing some of Italy’s finest Bordeaux style wines for generations»

    [Nicolas Belfrage, World of Fine Wines 2009]

    «È un mito della viticoltura tra le Dolomiti»

    [Guida del Gambero Rosso 2012]


    «I Marchesi Guerrieri Gonzaga producono uno dei più grandi rossi Italiani di taglio bordolese»

    [Guida de l’Espresso 2012]

    «San Leonardo is one of the great wines of Italy»

    [Monica Larner for the Robert Parker The Wine Advocate December 2014]

    «I find it difficult to think of any wine anywhere that has changed as little over the last 30 years as San Leonardo, surely the most successful Bordeaux blend of northern Italy»

    [Jancis Robinson August 2012]