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
The grapes are picked when perfectly ripe during the month of October.
The early months of maturation in cement tanks are followed by 18-24 months in new and pre-used barriques.
For at least three years before release onto the market.
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.
An ideal partner for red meat dishes, poultry, roasts, braised or stewed meats, game and mature cheeses.
30 years or more.
Available in 75cl bottles and 1,5L magnums.
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.
[Burton Anderson Best Italian Wines 2000]
[Revue du vin de France, fevrier 2003]
[James Suckling, Wine Spectator, December 2001 ]
[Guida Duemila Vini AIS Italiana 2006]
[Markus del Monego MW Master of Wine & World Champion Sommelier 2007]
[Spirito di Vino, maggio 2008]
[Richard Grosche, Weinwelt 2009]
[Nicolas Belfrage, World of Fine Wines 2009]
[Guida del Gambero Rosso 2012]
[Guida de l’Espresso 2012]
[Monica Larner for the Robert Parker The Wine Advocate December 2014]
[Jancis Robinson August 2012]