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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  • Italy San Leonardo. Tenuta San Leonardo Bottles Red 1997


    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 a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Tenuta San Leonardo Red Bordeaux Blend Trentino 1993


    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... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Tenuta San Leonardo Proprietary Blend 1996


    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 w... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Tenuta San Leonardo Red Bordeaux Blend Trentino 1995


    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 n... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I get so caught up in work that I often neglect to check in here. I'm apologizing about that!  I'm back afer a few weeks in New Zealand, which sucks up all my time not only during the trip but for the weeks prior and, as it looks, most of the week after my return. Before you ask, new Zealand was great. A young wine industry but one that has made... Read More

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  • Italy San Leonardo. Tenuta San Leonardo Bottles Red 1997


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    Wine review by Francesco

  • Tenuta San Leonardo Merlot Blend Villa Gresti 2003


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    Wine review by Stephen

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