San Leonardo

Vari formati di San Leonardo
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The flagship wine of Tenuta
San Leonardo, a great bordeaux
style blend of refined elegance

Special Awards

Vintages Book

Vintages

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  Year Quality Advice for drinking Reccomendation Decanting time Serving Temperature
Scheda PDF 2007 Excellent Wine To Hold Surprising vintage, to be discovered slowly in the years. 2 h 16°C
Scheda PDF 2006 Excellent Wine To Hold San Leonardo Great vintage, to be forgotten in the cellar. 2 h 16°C
Scheda PDF 2005 Excellent Wine To Drink or to Hold a few more years Very refined vintage. It will take a couple of years to open up. 2 hours 16°C
Scheda PDF 2004 Excellent Wine To Hold Extraordinary vintage, structured and elegant. Wait. 2 hours 16°C
Scheda PDF 2003 Excellent Wine To Drink or to Hold a few more years Even though it has been a very warm vintage it an extremely refined wine with lot's of acidity and freshness 2 hours 16°C
  2002 Not produced
Scheda PDF 2001 Excellent Wine To Hold Try to forget it in the cellar 2 hours 16°C
Scheda PDF 2000 Great Wine To Drink It is evolving well. May be drunk 2 hours 16°C
Scheda PDF 1999 Great Wine To Drink or to Hold a few more years It is evolving very well. It may be left to age 2 hours 16°C
  1998 Not produced
Scheda PDF 1997 Excellent Wine To Hold It is still a youngster to be drunk in 5 or 6 years 2 hours 16°C
Scheda PDF 1996 Great Wine To Drink A vintage of great elegance, it will give you an emotion 2 hours 16°C
Scheda PDF 1995 Great Wine To Drink or to Hold a few more years Still in constant evolution. Wait 1 hour 16°C
Scheda PDF 1994 Great Wine To Drink or to Hold a few more years It may still improve 1 hour 16°C
Scheda PDF 1993 Excellent Wine To Hold To be kept in the cellar it has to improve 1 hour 16°C
  1992 Not produced
Scheda PDF 1991 Great Wine To Drink A great surprise. To be drunk 1 hour 16°C
Scheda PDF 1990 Excellent Wine To Drink or to Hold a few more years Wonderful. It may still improve 1 hour 16°C
  1989 Not produced
Scheda PDF 1988 Excellent Wine To Drink or to Hold a few more years Perfect, it still has potentiality of ageing ½ hour 16°C
Scheda PDF 1987 Good Wine To Drink To be drunk ½ hour 16°C
Scheda PDF 1986 Good Wine To Drink To be drunk ½ hour 16°C
Scheda PDF 1985 Great Wine To Drink or to Hold a few more years For old wine lover it may still be kept ½ hour 16°C
  1984 Not produced
Scheda PDF 1983 Average Wine To Drink To be drunk ½ hour 16°C
Scheda PDF 1982 Great Wine To Drink To be drunk ½ hour 16°C

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The History of Vintage

San Leonardo's winemaking history began in the early 1980s but the first true year of production was 1983. A wine of high, and well-justified, ambitions, San Leonardo is released only in vintages that ensure a product of appropriate quality. In other words, it is made only in growing years that offer all the elements necessary to create a wine of outstanding personality and character.

That is why San Leonardo has skipped vintages like 1984, 1989 (a superb vintage in Piedmont and Bordeax, but not in Trentino), 1992, 1998 and 2002. Average annual production of San Leonardo is currently running at 60,000 bottles. In a few years, we look forward to achieving our projected maximum output of 100,000. Production of our Merlot di San Leonardo is around 50,000 bottles.

It is not our place to express a judgement on these vintages, but in the course of many vertical tastings dedicated to Tenuta San Leonardo wines by specialist journalists from Italy and abroad (Il Consenso, Degustation Wine News Letter, Il Sommelier Italiano, Enogea and others), the most favourable comments have been made about the 1988, 1990, 1993 and 1995 wines.

We are convinced that prospects are excellent for the two most recent vintages, the currently released 1996 and the 1997, which is still maturing and we do not expect to release before 2001. These wines, we feel, will continue San Leonardo's consistency of style and evolve satisfactorily, maintaining the ageing potential of at least ten years that we demand from our flagship wine.

We recommend that purchasers enhance San Leonardo's potential as a "vin de garde" by storing the bottles, particularly the magnums with their greater longevity, in a dark, undisturbed cellar, at a constant temperature and an appropriate level of humidity.

Details

San Leonardo is the magical heir to a tradition known the world over as Bordeaux blending. Dreams and heritage mingle to bring you a wine that conveys all its land-rooted character and genuine territory-focused appeal. A powerful yet elegant red, San Leonardo brings together the colours, aromas and savours of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot aged in small oak barrels, melding them harmoniously into a uniquely intense, full-bodied wine with superb depth of flavour.

Vine Type

Intense ruby red 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 San Leonardo is a skilful blend of wines from three grapes that are fermented and aged separately: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot. Before it goes into bottle, the precise proportions of the blend are decided only after rigorous tasting of samples, barrique by barrique.

Vine Training Systems

Guyot and spurred cordon at a density of 5.000 to 6.600 plants per hectare.

Age of Vines

From 10 to 30 years

Yeld per Hectare

50-60 quintals/hectare (2.25-2.67 tons/acre).

Harvest Period

The grapes are picked when perfectly ripe during the months of September and October.

Winemaking Procedure

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

Maturation

The early months of maturation in large tanks are followed by 24 months in new, once and twice-used French barriques.

Bottle Ageing

For about one year before release onto the market.

Alcohol Content

13% vol.

Sensory Analysis

Intense ruby red 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.

Food Matchings

Red meats, poultry, roasts, braised or stewed meats, game and mature cheeses.

Serving Temperature

The best serving temperature is 16°C.

Cellar Lifespan

More than 15 years

Format

9L Salmanazar , 6L Impériale, 3L Double Magnum, Magnum, 0,750 l, 0,375 l

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