The San Leonardo estate lies near Lake Garda and, for three centuries, has been home to the Marchesi Guerrieri Gonzaga family. It was Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga who, almost fifty years ago, became interested in the fine wines of the world - especially Bordeaux - and studied oenology in Lausanne. In the course of his studies Carlo spent time in France and Tuscany and it was during this latter trip that he struck up a friendship with Marquis Mario Incisa della Rocchetta of Tenuta San Guido, from where emanates the mighty Sassicaia.
In 1985 the legendary wine oenologist Giacomo Tachis arrived at the estate. Tachis had previously been oenologist at Antinori and had been a driving force in the creation of the first super-Tuscan wines, among them Tignanello, Solaia and Sassicaia.
Case of 6 Bottles
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duty paid price: £440.42
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The capricious weather of 2017 has made the latest release of San Leonardo both thrilling and scarce. Quality-wise, 2017 marks the third in a hat-trick of remarkable vintages at Tenuta San Leonardo. Following on from the plush 2015 and the elegant 2016, the 2017 offers a notably rich, spicy style backed by a profound structure. A rainy February charged the soil with water - fortunately, as after a cool start to the summer, the weather then turned hot and dry, with large temperature swings helping develop aromatic complexity. September moderated the effect of the summer heat beautifully, with warm sunny days and cool nights Allowing the grapes of finish maturing while retaining all-important acidity. The price exacted by Mother Nature for these ideal conditions came in the form of two violent hailstorms on the 6th and 8th of August, which destroyed part of the crop. The total production of San Leonardo 2017 is therefore just 38,000 bottles, half the size of a typical vintage.
The wine packs a great deal of flavour into its characteristically medium-full, 13% alcohol frame. Plum and summer berry fruit sit alongside savoury spice and cigar box notes. There is copious, very fine-grained tannin and a supportive acidity that will provide structure as the flavours unfurl over the next 5-30 years.
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