San Leonardo
Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT

  • OwnerMarchesi Guerrieri Gonzaga
  • WinemakerCarlo Ferrini
  • TypeRed
  • Varietals60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenère and 10% Merlot
  • Vineyard LocationVallagarina, Trentino
  • Elevation490-650 feet a.s.l.
  • Vines Planted13-33 years
  • TrellisingGuyot and spurred cordon
  • Vines/Acre6000-6500/ha
  • SoilSandy to pebbly soil, loosely packed
Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
  • Vinification Cement tanks for 15-18 days
  • Aging Process New and used French barriques. Blending takes place after a strenuous selection done barrique by barrique. Aged 24 months in barrique and 24 months in bottle
  • Tasting Notes
  • ColorIntense ruby red color with garnet highlights.
  • BouquetA wine of remarkable intensity onthe nose, which layers bell peppers and wild berries over a background note ofvanilla.
  • FlavorThe palate is full, warm and impressively rounded, with intense aromaticsthat linger on the palate.
  • PairingsIdeal with poultry, red meats, roasts, braises, game and aged cheeses.
  • Alcohol Content13%
  • Residual Sugar1 g/L
  • Serving Temperature62°F
  • Production65,000 - 95,000 bottles

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  • Press & Reviews
  • Vintage: 2014 Score: 92
    Wine Advocate
    December - 2018
    “Tasted as a preview sample from bottle, the 2014 San Leonardo is set to be released in April or May of 2019. This vintage still needs time in the bottle to flesh out and take on more volume. In its youth, the wine takes longer to open. However, it already shows that characteristic San Leonardo pedigree with extremely polished tannins followed by bright fruit intensity with plum, spice and dried mountain herb. The wine’s acidity adds to the glossy and bright personality of this mid-weight vintage.” -Monica Larner
  • Vintage: 2014 Score: 91
    Vinous Media
    January - 2019
    “Bright red ruby. Refined aromas of red fruit, spices, minerals and herbs. Then dense and multilayered, with a juicy tang to the red and blue fruit flavors present. Finishes long with outstanding clarity and cut thanks to harmonious acidity. Less concentrated and complex than some other famous vintages of this historic Italian wine (which is not surprising given the rainy, difficult vintage), but this is a major success in 2014 and a super example of Trentino Bordeaux blend.”
  • Vintage: 2013 Score: 96
    Wine Advocate
    December - 2018
    “The flagship wine from this celebrated Trentino estate was not produced in 2012. We do have the stunning 2013 San Leonardo on the market now. This vintage is large in scale and has immediate intensity, and I am somewhat surprised by the volume and seamless bouquet that appears this early in the game. This vintage shows balanced ripeness with plummy fruit aromas that are carefully contrasted against spice, leather and fine tobacco. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot, and San Leonardo is always aged in barrique for four years (of which only 25% of the barrels are new). This is a bottle to keep long (extra long) in your cellar.” -Monica Larner
  • Vintage: 2013 Score: 93
    Wine Spectator
    November - 2018
    “Juniper and sage notes are an aromatic entry point to this polished, medium- to full-bodied red, which effortlessly folds sculpted tannins with flavors of currant, smoky espresso, iron and spice box. Fresh and focused without being overbearing or weighty. The lightly chewy finish echoes the mineral, herb and spice accents. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot. Drink now through 2028. 5,250 cases made.”
  • Vintage: 2014 Gambero Rosso
    October - 2018
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  • Vintage: 2013 Gambero Rosso
    October - 2017
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  • Vintage: NA Score: 92
    Wine Spectator
    March - 2018
    “Rich layers of fig cake, crushed raspberry, star anise and aromatic forest floor combine in this harmonious, medium- to full-bodied red, layered with supple tannins that firm the herb-laced finish. Long and elegant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot. Drink now through 2028. 5,416 cases made.”
  • Vintage: 2011 Score: 93
    Wine Advocate
    July - 2017
    “The 2011 San Leonardo (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot) is another landmark edition of this celebrated wine. This warm vintage has shaped a slightly more opulent and succulent expression with dark fruit nuances of blackberry and Morello cherry. The bouquet is intense and exuberant. Delicate layers of spice, leather and tobacco give volume at the back. Like most past vintages of San Leonardo, this wine is difficult to taste at such a young age. It is built to last and it would be a horrible shame to pull the cork before the wine has reached its prime. For that, I suggest another ten years of cellar aging (at a minimum).”
  • Vintage: NA Score: 92
    Wine Spectator
    March - 2018
    “Rich layers of fig cake, crushed raspberry, star anise and aromatic forest floor combine in this harmonious, medium- to full-bodied red, layered with supple tannins that firm the herb-laced finish. Long and elegant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot. Drink now through 2028. 5,416 cases made.”
  • Vintage: 2010 Score: 95
    Wine Advocate
    May - 2016
    “San Leonardo was not produced in 2009. The 2010 San Leonardo (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot) is a seamless and polished wine that shows the best of this estate and this vintage. This is a profound and lasting wine with a bouquet that opens to dark fruit tones backed by spice, leather, tobacco and polished river stone. It tastes very young now but offers good material (in terms of richness, acidity and structure) to promise a steady aging evolution ahead. This edition of San Leonardo is gorgeous with a capital G. Drink: 2018-2035.”
  • Vintage: 2010 Score: 93
    James Suckling
    October - 2017
    “Beautiful aromas of fresh herbs, blackberries and currants. Hints of tobacco. Full body, dense and rich with plenty of fruit and an intense finish. This is tight and focused. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, carménère and merlot. Better in 2019.”
  • Vintage: 2010 Score: 91
    Wine Spectator
    December - 2017
    “Fragrant notes of leather and loamy earth are layered with baked currant, bay leaf, dried cranberry and anise flavors in this medium- to full-bodied and expressive red. Finely meshed and graceful throughout. Drink now through 2027. 7,917 cases made."

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