SAn LEonardo Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
- Tasting Notes
- Pairs With
- ColorIntense ruby red color with garnet highlights.
- NoseA 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.
Trentino At a Glance
Region Name Trentino
In the northernmost reaches of Italy, close to the Austrian border, the dramatic landscape is a fitting backdrop to one of the world’s most important wine-producing areas.
|Vintage||Publication||Score||Review Date||POS Generator|
|2016||Vinous Media||94||Jul 2020||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
|2015||Wine Advocate||97||Feb 2021||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
|2015||Vinous Media||95||Jul 2020||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
|2015||Wine Advocate||94||Dec 2018||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
|2015||Wine Spectator||93||Jun 2021||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
|2015||James Suckling||92||Nov 2019||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
|2014||Wine Advocate||94||Feb 2021||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
|2014||Wine Spectator||91||Sep 2019||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
|2014||Vinous Media||91||Jan 2019||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
|2014||James Suckling||90||Nov 2019||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
|2011||Vinous Media||91||Jan 2019||Shelf Talker||Full Page Review|
- Score: 94 Vintage 2016 Vinous Media Deep, dark and sensual, the 2016 Tenuta San Leonardo lifts from the glass with an alluring mix of crushed blackberry and plum. With time it blossoms further to reveal tobacco, brown spice, white smoke and peppery florals. It's velvety and wonderfully textural, yet also energized by a complex mix of stimulating acids and minerals, giving life to ripe fruits, as youthful tannins slowly clamp down. The finish is incredibly long and structured. There’s energy and verve, mixing black raspberry with hints of licorice under an air of purple-tinged flowers. The 2016 has a lot to like, quite primary today but a year away from release. This early preview, which has been bottled for a year now, is full of potential. Very nice! Shelf Talker Full Page Review
- Score: 97 Vintage 2015 Wine Advocate The 2015 San Leonardo pours forth with a beautiful velvety appearance and sultry dark garnet color. 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 gives this edition a bigger profile in terms of mouthfeel. Production is 75,000 bottles. San Leonardo is a wine made for long aging, 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. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
- Score: 95 Vintage 2015 Vinous Media 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 Shelf Talker Full Page Review
- Score: 94 Vintage 2015 Wine Advocate I am reluctant to draw too many conclusions from this sample because it has not yet finished its bottle evolution. San Leonardo is notorious for its long aging requirements, even in a warm and accessible vintage such as this. The 2015 San Leonardo will be officially presented at Vinitaly in 2020 (in April) and will hit foreign markets soon after that. From what we can determine now, this is shaping up to be a beautiful wine with deep inner fruit richness and exuberance. In its current state, the wine is lavish and extremely radiant. I am faithful that great results will follow. Stay tuned Shelf Talker Full Page Review
- Score: 93 Vintage 2015 Wine Spectator Alluring tobacco and graphite notes draw you into the glass of this racy red. Fresh and medium- to full-bodied, offers plenty of ripe currant, fig cake, minerally iron and bergamot flavors in a focused, unencumbered frame. Sleek tannins are finely-meshed to the polished flavor range, firming the lingering finish. Lovely. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot. Drink now through 2030. 5,500 cases made, 1,100 cases imported. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
- Score: 92 Vintage 2015 James Suckling 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. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
- Score: 94 Vintage 2014 Wine Advocate The Tenuta San Leonardo 2014 San Leonardo has fleshed out nicely since I tasted the wine in a preview capacity a few years back. The cool, humid vintage is associated with a tendency toward greener flavors and thinner wines in many of its peers. You get some of that here; however, the wine shows a bouquet that has expanded far beyond those youthful parameters to show dark cherry, cassis, toasted nut and mountain herb. The tannins are polished but firm, and there's just enough textural snap or elasticity to hope for a long and healthy cellar aging. As usual with Tenuta San Leonardo, you need to have patience before opening this wine. Production is 70,000 bottles. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
- Score: 91 Vintage 2014 Wine Spectator An elegant, medium- to full-bodied red, in a traditional style, featuring a rich array of red currant and raspberry fruit, accented by wild sage and woodsy spice details, firmed by sculpted, fine-grained tannins. Offers a fresh, mineral-laced finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot. Drink now through 2024. 5,416 cases made. –AN Shelf Talker Full Page Review
- Score: 91 Vintage 2014 Vinous Media 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. Another bottle I tasted was leaner and slightly green, so I averaged out my scores. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
- Score: 90 Vintage 2014 James Suckling Dried cedar, tobacco, walnuts and green olives. Quite drying and firm on the palate, but lacks a little charm and vitality, compared to previous vintages. Still enjoyable, though. Drink now. Shelf Talker Full Page Review
- Score: 91 Vintage 2011 Vinous Media Deep ruby. Peppery, intense aromas of cedar, blackcurrant and violet on the strongly pungent nose. Then bright and delicate flavors of red and dark berries carried on the back end by high but harmonious acidity. Finishes long with hints of rose and white mushroom. More interesting today on the balanced, juicy palate than on the pungent nose. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, and Merlot. Shelf Talker Full Page Review