Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

A Vertical tasting of San Leonardo

A vertical tasting of San Leonardo. March 2012

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Tenuta San Leonardo Red Bordeaux Blend Trentino (1993)
Comments: On the nose this shows lightly herbal black currant, candied black fruit, bit cedar. Gorgeous weight and balance, so fresh with succulent bright cherry fruit, red currant, a touch of herb on the back end followed by lovely mineral notes, light brothy top note a slight ashy top note. Bright and juicy , silky tannins, drying out just a bit on the backend, moderate long finish. Bright and tense, almost angular, linear and super fine, great length, lean mistress. A gorgeous silky maturally sweet wine. Fantastic wine. 93pts
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2 Tenuta San Leonardo Red Bordeaux Blend Trentino (1995)
Comments: Very finely focused nice ringer for Bordeaux, very perfumed, cab franc notes, red fruit tomato leaf, candied, St Emilion with a lightly roasted character, Little mint and nettle. Soft and almost lush with very soft tannins, dries out a bit on the backend, fine length, cigar wrapper, sweet/sour wild berry fruits, a touch diffuse but with really nice berry fruit. Shorter, chunkier than the 93, but still attractive. Bit of chocolate pops on the finish. 89pts
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3 Tenuta San Leonardo Proprietary Blend (1996)
Comments: Heady, smells bright, big handfuls of dried wild thyme, black currant, mint, minerals, tobacco, this is intense, incense. Rich, almost voluptuous, silky and bright, pinpoint balance for a relatively large scaled example. Lovely black raspberry fruit, succulent acids, such detail, shows slight oak shadings then the fruit returns on the finish with an elegant vengeance. Long sneak raspberry of cigar wrapper finish. Great potential, but already a winner. 93pts
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4 Italy San Leonardo. Tenuta San Leonardo Bottles Red (1997)
Comments: Earthy, lots of pepper, peppery herb, lots of green tomato, ripe and unripe at the same time, quite minty. Soft, lots of ripe fruit, easy, a bit meaty, dark fruit, cola, nice spice, more oak present, a bit short. Black currant, nice smooth wine, juicy complex and pleasant. Slightly corked and thus not really representative but showing obvious appeal. NR
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5 Gozaga San Leonardo (1999)
Comments: Beefy, bit of caramel, much younger, caramel and spice oak. Choco cherry nice spice note, zesty red fruit. Bright, juicy, very lively still showing some significant wood tannin up front, edge of caramel, soft fruit lurking underneath, nice acid and spice on the finish, good length, wild cherry fruit, lovely this is dense and youthful, tight wine. Slowly begins to open, lovely depth here, shows real style if a touch more modern. A lovely innate sweetness with an incipient herbal red fruit emerging on the backend. 91pts
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6 San Leonardo Riserva San Leonardo (2003)
Comments: Lots of almost pruny dried strawberry, chocolates, green pepper, cigar box, smells much more modern, much more ripe – rich, ripe good acid, lacks a bit of a center, slightly muddled fruit, simple, good acid, nicely balanced, easy to drink now, not a huge future. Cherry pit finish with a touch of cedar. Pleasant and quite drinkable but no more. 86pts
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7 Tenuta di San Leonardo Proprietary Cabernet Sauvignon/Blend "San Leonardo" Trentino (2004)
Comments: Sweet black currants, cedary oak, roasted green pepper, creamy, spicy oaky, red raspberry fruit, very peppery with a nice dose of vanilla. Very smooth, bright acids, soft tannins, a touch of rose petal, lively red fruit, nice cut, big fruit on the backend, then a clipped finish. Lightish bodied, elegant and refined. This is going to age very well. But can it equal previous greats? 90pts
Average price: $205.55 from 1 store
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8 San Leonardo Valgarina IGT Borghetto All'Adige Trentino (2005)
Comments: Tight, very wood driven, pretty closed, lots of oak but not overwhelming oak, smooth, soft acids, slightly chalky tannins, closed, and clumsy. In a very tough spot right now and not worth rating. Judgment Reserved.
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