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    With the charisma of tradition, this wine has the authority of an historic wine married to a dynamic vitality which is unmistakably modern. Seducingly versatile, it has the strength of Merlot which magnifies the typically graceful style of Tenuta San Leonardo wines.
    Well balanced, it immediately plays a leading role, velvety, almost caressing in its organolectic whole with a determined finish, pleasant and involving to the palate. A masterly structure which is dense and variegated, to be enjoyed in time.


    VINE TYPE
    Villa Gresti is born from a selection of the Estate’s best Merlot grapes. Blend of Merlot 90%, Carmenère 10%.

    AGE OF VINES
    From 10 to 20 years.

    YEILD PER HECTARE
    From 50 to 60 quintals/hectare (2.25 to 2.67 tons/acre).

    HARVEST PERIOD
    The grapes are picked when perfectly ripe towards the end of September.

    VINIFICATION
    Grapes are hand-selected on a conveyor belt, then destemmed and soft-crushed, with minimal use of sulphur dioxide. The juice ferments and macerates on the skins for a long period of time, during which the cap is punched down daily. The must is cold-clarified by allowing the lees to settle.

    MATURATION
    After fermentation in cement tanks, the wine begins to mature in small 225-litre barrels, where it will stay for 12 to 14 months..

    BOTTLE AGEING
    For at least 12 months before released onto the market.

    SENSORY ANALYSIS
    Intense ruby red, it has a broad, pervasive nose with lingering notes of tobacco and intriguing hints of vanilla and cocoa powder. The palate finds a perfect balance of softness and acidity with the sweet, elegantly assertive and velvet smooth tannins that are the hallmark of this variety.

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

    SERVING TEMPERATURE
    16°C.

    AGEING POTENTIAL
    10 years or more.

    ALCOHOL
    13% vol.

    FORMATS
    Available in Magnum and 75cl.



    VINTAGE GAMBERO ROSSO BIBENDA A.I.S. VERONELLI L’ESPRESSO DIWINE TASTE WINE SPECTATOR THE WINE ADVOCATE INTERNATIONAL
    WINE CELLAR
    WINE ENTHUSIAST
    2010 Due Bicchieri Rossi 4 Grappoli 90/100 17/20
    2009 Due Bicchieri Rossi 5 Grappoli 91/100 17,5/20
    2008 Due Bicchieri Rossi 4 Grappoli 91/100 17,5/20
    2007 Due Bicchieri 4 Grappoli 91/100 17/20
    2006 Due Bicchieri 4 Grappoli 92/100 18/20 5 diamanti
    2005 Due Bicchieri 4 Grappoli 92/100 16,5/20 5 diamanti 92
    2004 Due Bicchieri 4 Grappoli 90/10 16/20 5 diamanti 88 88
    2003 Tre Bicchieri 4 Grappoli 5 diamanti 88
    2001 Due Bicchieri 4 Grappoli 89/100
    2000 Due Bicchieri 4 Grappoli 89/100 87

    «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]