Winery/Brand: Tenuta San Leonardo
Region: Trentino Alto Adige
Area: Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT
Wine Advocate: 97+
Wine Spectator: 93
Anotnio Galloni: 95
Allen Meadow: 92
Type: Red Wine
Grapes Varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 30% Carmenere
Alcohol: 13% abv
WA=97+ The 2015 San Leonardo pours forth with a beautiful velvety appearance and sultry dark garnet colour. This wine shows a lot of life and dark fruit purity with black plum, blackberry, cassis and tarry prune. There is a delightful note of black pepper that is specific to this warm and sunny vintage. The fruit shows softer and richer concentration compared to past vintages and more pulpy density that giving this edition a bigger profile in terms of mouthfeel. Production is 75,000 bottles. San Leonardo is a wine made for long ageing, but the nice thing about this vintage is that the bouquet remains quite accessible at this young age. Nevertheless, I'd still suggest keeping this bottle in your cellar so that it can calmly finish its evolution.
AG=95 The 2015 San Leonardo is a classic in the making. The bouquet is wonderfully perfumed with peppery florals, mixing tart cherry and blueberry with white smoke, hints of graphite and shaved cedar. Silky textures race across a core of juicy acids and minerals, making for a ripe yet cool-toned and pleasurably tactile expression. Youthful tannins slowly make themselves known toward the close. Long, structured and spicy, the 2015 finishes with a crescendo of tart blue and black fruits, tapering off to notes of subtly sweet spice. As good as this is today, it will only get better over time. That said, it doesn’t appear that this is going to shut down anytime in the immediate future, so it’s certainly worth checking on a bottle or two before forgetting the rest in your cellar.
WS=93 Alluring tobacco and graphite notes draw you into the glass of this racy red. Fresh and medium- to full-bodied, offers plenty of ripe currants, fig cake, minerally iron and bergamot flavours in a focused, unencumbered frame. Sleek tannins are finely-meshed to the polished flavour range, firming the lingering finish. Lovely. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot. Drink now through 2030.
JS=92 Notes of wet tobacco, dried earth, cumin, cedar and dried red plums form the basis of the nose. Structured and serious on the palate with just the right amount of fruit to balance out the backbone of firm, austere tannins. Drink from 2021.