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Tenuta di San Leonardo-San Leonardo Ast. Legno 2001

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Intensive, rubinrote Farbe mit granatroten Reflexen. Das Bouquet mit Noten von grünem Paprika bis hin zu Waldbeeren und Vanille ist bemerkenswert intensiv. Im Gaumen entfaltet sich der Wein in seiner ganzen Komplexität und Fülle: harmonisch, kraftvoll, würzig, elegant und rund mit aromatischem, langanhaltendem Abgang.

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Tenuta San Leonardo:
The history of Tenuta San Leonardo dates back at least fifteen hundred years, to the days when a group of prisoners from Trentino, held by the Lombard duchy, came home after their release at the intercession of Queen Theodolinda and Bishop Agnellus. The men had spent a period of confinement in France after their capture by the Frankish army. On their release, the former captives decided to give... Read more
The history of Tenuta San Leonardo dates back at least fifteen hundred years, to the days when a group of prisoners from Trentino, held by the Lombard duchy, came home after their release at the intercession of Queen Theodolinda and Bishop Agnellus. The men had spent a period of confinement in France after their capture by the Frankish army. On their release, the former captives decided to give thanks to the patron saint of prisoners, Saint Leonard, by erecting a chapel. The earliest evidence of the estate itself dates from the ninth century of the Christian era, when Nottingus, the bishop of Verona, granted in usufruct to the bishop of Trento the woodlands, meadows and vineyards he owned at Sarnis in Vallagarina. Three centuries later, the Fratres Cruciferi, an order with adherents all over Europe and which remained at San Leonardo until 1656, expanded grape growing and adopted a modern approach to viticulture at their monastery. Today, the Romanesque apse survives, with its hanging arches on the outside and fragments of frescoes inside. The ancient monastery hospice, which once gave shelter to the destitute, is the cellar where our wines mature in their barrels. Over the centuries, Tenuta San Leonardo has witnessed many historic events. Legend has it that it was here that Queen Theodolinda became the bride of Autari, king of the Lombards. On 21 January 1549, Philip, son of the Holy Roman emperor, Charles V, was received on his way to the Diet at Augsburg by the prince bishop of Trento and lord of the four vicariates, Cristoforo Madruzzo. More recently, wine from the estate cheered the guests at the table of the Viennese cardinal, Cristoforo Migazzi, a descendant of the Conti Migazzi, who had taken over Tenuta di San Leonardo. Cristofoto became archbishop of Vienna in 1757. In the two world wars, San Leonardo was the headquarters first of the high command of the Italian 29th army corps. In fact it was here that Austria made a formal request for an armistice. During the second world war, San Leonardo was the headquarters of the counterespionage section of the German high command on the Italian front. The Guerrieri Gonzaga family succeeded to the property through the female line in the mid 18th century, and then by direct line in the early 20th century. Today, the family is proud to have the stewardship of an estate with such an august heritage. In history and in legend, this ancient fief has for more than a millennium respected, safeguarded and promoted the farming tradition of a fertile corner of Vallagarina, maintaining the healthy custom of producing good wine that in the past has cheered the tables of cardinals, emperors, princes and soldiers. Today, that same wine is available to render more convivial the encounters and reminiscences of wine lovers all over the world. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Tenuta di San Leonardo-San Leonardo Ast. Legno

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
07/31/2012

This has a lovely tea scent on the nose along with some green olives and cigar box notes adding complexity to the bright red berry fruit. In the mouth this is lightly structured yet remains a bit on the tough side with obvious wood tannin in a decidedly medium weight frame. The fruit on the palate is juicy and bright, red cherries and raspberries framed with hints of sage and a lovely loamy underlay which really shines through on the moderately long finish. This needs a bit more time in the bottle to fully blossom. 89pts


External Reviews for Tenuta di San Leonardo-San Leonardo Ast. Legno

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesIntense ruby red color, it has a broad, pervasive nose with lingering notes of tobacco and intriguing hints of vanilla and cocoa powder. The palate finds a perfect balance of softness and acidity with the sweet, elegantly assertive and velvet-smooth tannins that are the hallmark of this variety.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Bright ruby core with a brick rim. Explosive floral aromas surround dark cherry, fresh ginger bread, charcoal and bell pepper. The wine enters the mouth with a nice soft, rich and round feel. Coffee, mocha, black cherry and sweet tobacco linger for a... Mike Supple. A Proprietary Blend wine from Trentino Alto Adige in Italy. 2001 San Leonardo, Tenuta San Leonardo 750ml


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

International Wine Cellar ReviewHigh-pitched nose combines blueberry, blackberry, bell pepper, graphite, dark chocolate and roast coffee bean. This displays impressive intensity on the palate while retaining noteworthy elegance. Ripe acidity gives definition to what is a deceptively powerful and fine-grained wine. A superb version of a cool-climate cabernetconsistent with previously outstanding vintages such as 1995 and 1990.Wine Tasting Notes60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot. An intense garnet tinted ruby color, it expresses itself with a remarkable aroma intensity, which goes from green peppers to little red-berries on a vanilla background. On the palate it is full-bodied, warm and round with a very long and intense aromatic finish.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
08/25/2008

San Leonardo shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of garnet red color, little transparency. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant aromas which start with hints of black currant, black cherry and plum followed by aromas of violet, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, chocolate, cigar box, clover, eucalyptus, mace and hints of black pepper. The mouth has very good correspondence to the nose, a tannic attack and however well balanced by alcohol, gull body, intense flavors, very agreeable. The finish is very persistent with long flavors of black currant, black cherry and plum. A great and well made wine. San Leonardo ages for 24 months in barrique followed by at least 12 months of aging in bottle.


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/21/2010

Intensive, rubinrote Farbe mit granatroten Reflexen. Das Bouquet mit Noten von grünem Paprika bis hin zu Waldbeeren und Vanille ist bemerkenswert intensiv. Im Gaumen entfaltet sich der Wein in seiner ganzen Komplexität und Fülle: harmonisch, kraftvoll, würzig, elegant und rund mit aromatischem, langanhaltendem Abgang.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
04/25/2008

San Leonardo Trentino 2001 Italy 750ml



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Intensive, rubinrote Farbe mit granatroten Reflexen. Das Bouquet mit Noten von grünem Paprika bis hin zu Waldbeeren und Vanille ist bemerkenswert intensiv. Im Gaumen entfaltet sich der Wein in seiner ganzen Komplexität und Fülle: harmonisch, kraftvoll, würzig, elegant und rund mit aromatischem, langanhaltendem Abgang.

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