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2017 San Leonardo, Tenuta San Leonardo

2017 San Leonardo, Tenuta San Leonardo

Ref: LEON170
Red  |  Still  |  13.5% ABV

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
price shown is under bond
£351.00
duty paid price: £437.27
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Wine Details
Wine Details
ProducerProducer: Tenuta San Leonardo
AppellationAppellation: IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti
Old or New WorldOld/New World: Old World
CountryCountry: Italy
ColourColour: Red
StyleStyle: Still
ABV% ABV: 13.5%
Drink DatesDrink Dates: 2027-2050
MaturityMaturity: Not Yet Ready
SweetnessSweetness: 1
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes

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. 

Sweetness Explained
Sweetness Explained

Sweetness

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Location Explained
Location Explained

Location

AVAILABLE: Currently lying in our storage at London City Bond Dinton Woods 
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Pricing Information
Pricing Information

Pricing

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