San Leonardo Tenuta San Leonardo
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San Leonardo Tenuta San Leonardo - “Surely the most successful Bordeaux blend of Northern Italy” Jancis Robinson, “…one of the great wines of Italy… Sassicaia and San Leonardo seem like brothers separated in childhood.” Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Founded over 1,000 years ago as a monastery, San Leonardo has for three centuries been the home of the Guerrieri Gonzaga family, but it is only since the second half of the twentieth century, when Marchese Carlo took over, that this estate began to take wine production seriously. Following a spell working at Tenuta San Guido with the creator of Sassicaia, Mario Incisa della Rocchetta,
Carlo was inspired to see if the clay-limestone soils of his family estate in Trentino could yield similar results to those achieved by his mentor back in Tuscany. In 1978 the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines joined the Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Carmenère already planted, and in 1982 the first vintage of the flagship San Leonardo was produced, rapidly taking its place in the pantheon of Italy’s greatest wines.
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