A very elegant, classic Bordeaux blend in the Italian context, but this is actually a special wine in any context, thanks to its subtlety and aromatic complexity. Blackcurrant, black-cherry and mint notes with just a hint of red bell pepper. Finely etched, medium-bodied palate with crisp tannins and lively acidity. The elegant tannins carry the long, cool finish. Drinkable now, but better from 2023.
Magnum. Shaded garnet with some evolution at the rim. Really quite bordelais on the nose and palate. The opposite of showy! A light suggestion of dried herbs on the nose. Very good balance. This has come on since I tasted it in January 2021. It's broader and more charming, albeit in a fairly low-key way. But it builds towards a peppery finish. I still wonder whether I wouldn't prefer it with a little less Carmenère. This really unfurls on the palate to build beautifully on the end. It should go beautifully with tonight's shoulder of lamb.
JR - March 2022
Deep, dark and sensual, the 2016 Tenuta San Leonardo lifts from the glass with an alluring mix of crushed blackberry and plum. With time it blossoms further to reveal tobacco, brown spice, white smoke and peppery florals. It's velvety and wonderfully textural, yet also energized by a complex mix of stimulating acids and minerals, giving life to ripe fruits, as youthful tannins slowly clamp down. The finish is incredibly long and structured. There’s energy and verve, mixing black raspberry with hints of licorice under an air of purple-tinged flowers. The 2016 has a lot to like, quite primary today but a year away from release. This early preview, which has been bottled for a year now, is full of potential. Very nice! Eric Guido
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