San Leonardo 1996
- Genuary 2010 - Fine Wine - 16.5/20
- Here again the first bottle was detective, the second showing an enticing aroma of concentrated blackcurrant fruit with some plum/sweet prune notes. Concentrated of structure, with lively acidità and firm tannins the wine displays complex primari and tertiary flawors while retaining sufficient structure to carry it forward for several years.
Flowering was perfect in 1996, with rainfall, hours of sunshine and temperatures all in line with the seasonal average. The only exception was summer, when rainfall was above average and temperatures were lower than in previous years.
September was perfect with 33 millimetres of rain, only half of the average of 66 millimetres.
The harvest, which ended on 19 October, suffered from higher rain in the second ten days of the month. Day-night temperature fluctuations were average.
Maturity Curve and Serving
A challenging growing year. Very good. Uncork now. Serve at a temperature of 16 °C.