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 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 Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

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  • Montalcino is a beautiful medieval hilltop village just 40 miles south of Siena, on the ancient roadway to Rome. It is dominated by a castle, called La Fortezza, which doubles as an enoteca and wine shop. La Fortezza offers most of the wines of the zone, plus older vintages, as well as honey, olive oil, jams and the like. It also offers a breath... Read More

    From the article Time In a Bottle: 2010 Brunello di Montalcino

  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that ... that ... Guerrieri Gonzaga Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo $48-$62 Finally, further south in Trentino, almost to the border with the Veneto one finds the isolated farm of San Leonardo. Making a Bordeaux blend in indigenous wine country is not an easy or simple task. ... Read More

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  • Tenuta San Leonardo Merlot Trentino 1998


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    Wine review by stefano massari

  • Tenuta San Leonardo Merlot Blend Villa Gresti 2003


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    Wine review by Barberesco

  • Tenuta di San Leonardo-San Leonardo Ast. Legno 2001


    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 raspberrie... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Italian Red Trentino Alto Adige San Leonardo Gonzaga 2000


    This is still youthful but its showing the signs of maturity with a huge core of black currant, black berry fruit topped with lovely olive, herb and green pepper notes as well as finely integrated cigar box spice notes. In the mouth this has unusual weight but remains superbly balanced with plenty of almost chewy tannins lurking under the rich, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • San Leonardo Valgarina IGT Borghetto All'Adige Trentino 2005


    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. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Tenuta di San Leonardo Proprietary Cabernet Sauvignon/Blend "San Leonardo" Trentino 2004


    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 we... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • San Leonardo Riserva San Leonardo 2003


    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. 8... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Gozaga San Leonardo 1999


    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 win... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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