For those of you who didn't make it check out what you missed and don't make the same mistake next year! #starringthelovelySilvia
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SAN LEONARDO 2011 - VOTED ITALY'S TOP WINE OF 2017 (along with Sassicaia!)
Only two Italian wines have received top marks in the 2017 edition of all the 7 main Italian wine guides (namely, the ones published every year by Gambero Rosso, L’Espresso, Veronelli, Bibenda, Italian Sommelier Association AIS, Daniele Cernilli and Slow Wine’s I Grandi Vini, one of which, we are extremely proud to say, is San Leonardo 2011 from Tenuta San Leonardo, from Trentino-Alto Adige. (It's in great company as the other is Sassicaia 2013.) Both wines renowned for their heritage and quality and interestingly both created the late Giacomo Tachis.
We expect this wine to sell out fast so get in touch to secure your order.
NICE MENTION FOR POJER E SANDRI DECANTER ITALIAN SUPPLEMENT 2017
Simon Reilly singles out Pojer e Sandri's Nosiola as one of Northern Italy's unique wines.
Click HERE to read the article
WINE DINNERS - 4 MAY 2016
To celebrate the London Wine Fair we have collaborated with some of our favourite London restaurants to bring you two amazing wine dinners. Each dinner comprises wines expertly paired with a special menu put together by the chef especially for the event.
Join us on 4 May 2016 at one of the following events.
Castello di Neive with Italo Stupino at Theo Randall
Aperitivo – Sommelier Table
Metodo Classico, Blanc de Noir, Brut
Chicchetti (selection of Italian tapas)
Arneis Langhe, Montebertotto
Insalata di granchio - Fresh Devon crab with Florence fennel, dandelion and Sardinian Bottarga
Barbera d'Alba, Santo Stefano
Cappelletti di vitello - handmade pasta stuffed with slow cooked veal and pancetta with Trompette de la Mort mushrooms
Barbaresco, Santo Stefano
Costata di agnello - roast rack of Somerset lamb (pink) with roasted globe and Jerusalem artichokes, fennel, baby leeks, carrots, beetroots, turnips and salsa d’erbe
Amalfi Lemon Tart
£115 per person including service charge
Castello di Ama with Linda Paci at Quattro Passi
Al Poggio 2013 and Rosato 2015
Orange flavoured squid “Tagliatella” on a cauliflower veloute’
Quail stuffed with broccoli and Provola on a lentil puree
Il Chiuso 2011 and Ama Chianti Classico 2011
Linguine with zucchini, zucchini flowers and Parmesan sauce
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione San Lorenzo 2011 and Castello di Ama Riserva 2008
Fillet of line caught Sea bass served with sautéed cavolo nero on a smoked Jerusalem artichokes cream
Beef Tagliata served with potato gratin and sautéed broccoli
£125 per person including service charge
POLPO KNIGHTSBRIDGE ANNOUNCE NEW FRANCIACORTA & PROSECCO BAR
The recently opened POLPO Knightsbridge, located on the Fifth Floor of Harvey Nichols, is to launch a Franciacorta & Prosecco Bar on 1st May. Showcasing beautiful new antique stem glassware, and neon ‘Prosecco’ sign, the bar will celebrate the very best of Italian sparkling wines.
“There’s much more to Italian sparklers than just your average Prosecco Extra Dry and we want to show off all the amazing varieties that Italy has to offer. The new bar will give customers an opportunity to taste a wider range of Italian sparkling wines”, says Tom Ross, POLPO’s Bar Manager.
Included on the new menu will be one of the all time great Italian sparkling wines, the Ca’ del Bosco’s Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige, which is made in the metodo classic style and has notes of apricots and toasted nuts. Franciacorta differs from sparkling wines such as prosecco; produced from grapes grown in Lombardy it is Italy’s first wine to be created with the classic “champagne” method. Other highlights include Pojer e Sandri’s "Zero Infinito” a straw yellow, cloudy wine made in the “Col Fondo” style which tastes just like a Harry’s Bar bellini, but straight from the bottle; and the Extra Brut “Celeber” Prosecco from Dal Bello imported exclusively for POLPO Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge. Its extreme dryness makes for an excellent aperitivo and a perfect accompaniment for POLPO's fried olives.
The menu will also include a short seasonal, prosecco based, cocktail menu which features drinks such as, POLPO’s version of the Twinkle - rosemary infused vodka stirred with elderflower and topped with Piedmontese 100% Sparkling Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc; and POLPO’s Venetian version of the classic French ’75 is lifted with the inclusion of fresh blood orange, perfectly complementing the Brut Prosecco.
Jancis Robinson's Wine of the week - Mastrojanni Rosso di Montalcino
Super pleased that Jancis has realised how totally amazing Mastrojanni's Rosso di Montalcino is. She seems to suggest the prices are all over the shop so do contact us to buy. Read the article here
London Wine Fair 2016
Following the success of last year, FortyFive10° are exhibiting once again at the London Wine Fair. It's a great opportunity to taste a wide selection of wines from our portfolio and meet some of the winemakers.
We are particularly excited that Casa E di Mirafiore are attending for the first time showcasingtheir spectacular Barolo. Also from Piedmont, we have Castello di Neive pouring their 2015 Arneis and Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva . From Lombardy, we have Ca'del Bosco and a selection of their renowned Franciacortas. Castello di Ama are in attendance again and will be bringing their latest releases; 2014 Chianti Classico and 2013 Al Poggio. 2011 has proved to be another amazing vintage for Brunello di Montalcino and Mastrojanni will be pouring their stellar 2011 and 2014 Rosso di Montalcino. We also have Francesca Nicoli Vaona, winemaker/ owner from La Giaretta, coming for the second year to show her superb Valpolicella and Amarone. Federico Sandri will be with us again from Pojer e Sandri showing his broad spectrum of wines from the Cembra valley in northern Italy’s Trentino region. San Leonardo will be pouring the new 2010 release of their outstanding Bordeaux blend, San Leonardo, along with their highly sought after Carmenere and Riesling. Last but not least, from sunny Sardinia, Vigne Surrau are pouring the latest releases from their range of Vermentinos and Cannonau.
Tenuta San Leonardo Producer Profile in March Decanter
The March issue of Decanter included some lovely references for three of our producers. First up is this profile on the fantastic wines of San Leonardo from Alto Aldige.
Cuvee Annamaria Clementi 2006 one of Robert Parker's 50 best new releases of 2015
We are very proud of Ca'del Bosco's wonderful Annamaria Clementi 2006 making it on to Robert Parker's best wines of 2015 list. See who else made it on the list HERE
Decanter Star Buys of 2015
Great recommendation for Castello di Bolgheri 2011 chosen as one of the top buys of 2015. We obviously completely agree!
Where art meets wine...
Did you know that Castellodi Ama as well as making stunning wines has the most amazing art collection on the estate . Check out this article from CNN HERE and the even better news is that you can stay there...
Fantastic evening at Enotecca Rabezzana's Piedmont and Truffle evening featuring Castello di Neive.
Chianti Classico Tasting -Tues 24 November
Following on the success of the UK Debut of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione wines in 2014, we are pleased to announce our attendance at this year's Chianti Classico tasting which is returning to the capital on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at OXO2, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH.
This year, the focus is not only on Gran Selezione but the category as a whole: Chianti Classico Annata, Riserva and Gran Selezione wines will be available to taste, an ideal opportunity to review the whole category. The event will be open from 11.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs with a ‘walk round tasting’ of 45 producers.
Master Class Programme
A Series of Masterclasses hosted by Ronan Sayburn MS (Master Sommelier, Educator & previously Head Sommelier and Group Buyer for Gordon Ramsay Group, The Dorchester Group & Hotel du Vin) will take place as follows:
13.30 - Chianti Classico Gran Selezione: Highlighting Terroirs
- 15.30 hrs - Sangiovese and its Partners in Chianti Classico
Places are strictly limited and available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. To reserve a space please contact Tina Coady e:firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you there...
San Leonardo's extraordinary harvest
This year's harvest at San Leonardo was truly extraordinary! Marquess Carlo declared this first organic harvest to be the most impressive he has ever seen.
Accompanying this special moment was the film maker and blogger Mauro Fermariello of http://www.winestories.it/ who retells it here with his visual poetry.
For now we must wait patiently for a few years before we can taste the wine... in the meantime however we hope you enjoy this short video!
James Suckling's Top 100 Italian Wines of 2015
We are very proud of Castello di Ama, Ca'del Bosco, Elena Walch, Mastrojanni and Valdicava whose wines have all made it on to James Suckling's Top 100 wines of 2015.
See the list in full HERE
A couple of nice mentions in this month's Decanter. Thank you Steven Spurrier for this lovely write up about Ca'del Bosco's Dosage Zero Noir.
Dirty Dozen 2015
At this years 5th Anniversary of the Dirty Dozen Wine Tasting Fortyfive10will be presenting twelve of our diverse Italian wineries. Two of these estates are newcomers and we are pleased to be able to debut them at this event. As always at FortyFive10, our concise portfolio follows the same notable focus, that we favour classically styled wines that show purity, and are fresh and balanced.
One of our new growers is Borgo Maragliano from Loazzolo, a small village in the very heart of the historic Moscato production area in the south eastern part of Piedmont, Italy. This 5th generation family-owned winery produces the finest Moscato d’Asti, as well as traditional method sparkling wines made from estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Nero. These wines definitely deliver, both on price-point and quality.
Second is Balbiano, the most authentic interpreter of the Freisa di Chieri DOC. Freisa di Chieri is a tiny denomination situated behind Turin where traditionally, their grape variety has always been planted in the best crus of the area. These wines express a clean purity of fruit with high toned red berry notes, fresh acidity, and the mild tannins add some welcome grip.
We are also pleased to have Castello di Ama joining us for the day and pouring some of their exquisite Chianti’s.
Castello di Bolgheri beats the rest in Decanter's August 2015
15 July 2015
Read how well these wines from Castello di Bolgheri are aging in Decanter Magazine's August 2015 Issue here!
Decanter Magazine announces the world’s best Chardonnay, with Ca’ Del Bosco as a runner-up!
12 February 2015
Ca’ Del Bosco, Curtefranca, Lombardy Italy 2010 has been chosen as a runner up to the world’s top Chardonnay (outside Burgundy), according to Decanter Magazine. Read more about Ca’ Del Bosco and the other top contenders in their latest edition here!
Mastrojanni, Vigna Schiena d’Asino, Brunello di Montalcino 2007
30 January 2015
FortyFive10°’s Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2007 was recently featured as a top wine in Decanter Magazine with its 95/100 rating. This wine has SE- and SW- facing vines, 380m, and a clay-limestone ridge above Castelnuovo dell’Abate. The taste is smooth, rich, black cherry fruit, with tight tannins gently rounded by oak ageing, and a silky finish. The alcohol percentage is 14.5% and the drinking window is 2015-2022. Read more about this top vintage here!
2010 Brunello di Montalcino received a perfect 60-60-60
27 January 2015
2010 Brunello di Montalcino has received a perfect 60-60-60 and will be arriving in March to FortyFive10°. Check out the article here!
Simon Woolf 's top 10 buys from the slopes of Etna
10 January 2015
In the Italy 2015 issue of Decanter Magazine, Simon Woolf rates the top 10 wines to buy from Etna, with Tenuta di Fessina, Il Musmeci, Etna Rosso Rivera 2008 coming in first with 19/20 pts (96/100 pts). To read more about this vintage or to check out the rest of the top 10 wines of Etna, click here!
Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner gives great review of our San Leonardo vintage
30 December 2014
We are very proud to share some news about the vertical tasting of San Leonardo, from one of our wineries, Tenuta San Leonardo by famous journalist Monica Larner, Italian Reviewer for Wine Advocate! The day after the tasting Monica wrote on Twitter that it was her “vertical of the year” and we are very happy to read that in all the 22 vintages she tasted, she found a “consistent style that revolves around elegance, freshness and finesse.” For the full article from Monica’s vertical tasting of San Leonardo, click here!
Financial Times rates Ca’ del Bosco, Cuvée Annamaria Clementi 2005 Franciacorta in their “Top 20 Sparkling Wines”
19 December 2014
Our Ca’ del Bosco’s 2005 Franciacorta has made the top twenty sparkling wine list in the Financial Times. This sparkling wine is made up of 55% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Blanc, and 20% Pinot Noir. To learn more about this wine, as well as the other top sparkling wines, click here and go straight to the article!
San Leonardo 2007 served to Pope Francis and United States President, Barrack Obama and receives great review by James Suckling
12 December 2014
In March, Tenuta San Leonardo’s San Leonardo vintage was served to Pope Francis as well as the President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama. Below are pictures of the menus given to these high public figures, including San Leonardo 2007. This vintage was recently reviewed by top wine journalist James Suckling and was given a 92/100. It was also given the recognition: the “faccino” of Doctor Wine and was rated a 98/100 by famous journalist Daniele Cernilli, becoming one of only nine wines that have received the award this year! For more information on Tenuta San Leonardo and their San Leonardo 2007 vintage, click here!
Tenuta San Leonardo tasting NEXT WEEK, NOVEMBER 26th at Hedonism Wines
19 November 2014
Hedonism Wines will be hosting a Tenuta San Leonardo tasting from 3pm-8pm on November 26th. Come try some of the top vintages on the market including San Leonardo 2007, Villa Gresti, Terre and Vette! This is an event you won’t want to miss!!
Chianti Classico ‘Gran Selezione’ Event coming up!!
18 November 2014
Tuesday 25 November 2014 at Sixty One Whitehall in Central London, there will be a ‘walk round’ tasting of wines from 34 producers from the Chianti Classico region. To read more information about this event, click here!
Wine Spectator reveals “Top 10 Wines for 2014”
14 November 2014
Every year, Wine Spectator magazine reveals their Top 10 list of wines from all over the world, and this year, one of our wines has made the list! As the only Italian wine to make it on the Top 10 list, Castello di Ama’s Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione 2010 comes in at number 6 with 95 points! Click here to see the full article in the LA Times!
FortyFive°10 and Castello di Ama wine training at Hedonism Wines November 25th!
1 November 2014
Mark your calendars wine friends and connoisseurs! Wine maker, Marco Pallanti, and FortyFive10 will be giving a public wine training at Hedonism Wines on November 25th to talk about Castello di Ama's new Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. See you all there!
Famous wine journalist, James Suckling, features Tenuta di Fessina in his Sicilian Wine Tasting Report
17 October 2014
“Sicily released on the market some exciting reds and whites this year, and they are not just from Etna. Sure the volcano wines of Etna are the new flavor of the month for many wine pros and lovers a like, and they should be. Fantastic reds and whites are being produced from fantastic single vineyards with old vines and it's been like that for over a decade now […] The wines from indigenous grapes are the most impressive such as nero d'avola, frappato and nerello mascalese, which both make stylish reds with unique character […] Don't miss buying and drinking some top Sicilian wines this year. You won't be disappointed. And they are excellent values as well” - From James Suckling’s Tasting Report: 100 outstanding Sicilian wines not to miss (Oct 13th 2014)
The Dirty Dozen Wine Tasting
4 July 2014
The Dirty Dozen, the top 12 and most exciting UK wine importers, will unite this September in London. This event will be the tasting of the year! If you would like to see more details or register online for this event, go to our website here!. Please take note that this is a trade tasting and will not be open to members of the public.
"We are the Dirty Dozen and we invite you to our tasting."
Antonio Galloni rates Castello di Ama’s L’Apparita from over the years
26 February 2014
Antonio Galloni rates the L’Apparita vintage starting from years 1985 through 2009. The 2008 vintage received a 98, which was the the highest score amongst the rest of the vintages. To see his rankings and full reviews of the wines, click here!
San Leonardo 1982-2006, Trentino's first growth
22 Aug 2012 by Jancis Robinson
I find it difficult to think of any wine anywhere that has changed as little over the last 30 years as San Leonardo, surely the most successful Bordeaux blend of northern Italy. Verticals of even Bordeaux's first growths since 1982 tend to show the influence of different management regimes and the whim of winemaking fashion. And any similar range of most California and Australian wines, even the most iconic, tends show even greater contrasts between, particularly, the various phases of enthusiasm for oak, for alcohol, for imperceptible tannins, for low acidity and so on. But San Leonardo seems to have hit its stride very early on in its life, which began in a modest way with the trial 1982 vintage and, even more miraculously, to have subsequently remained immune to the winds of fashion. If I had to think of one possible other Italian wine it is most like, it would be Sassicaia, so it came as no surprise when I read, after having tasted every vintage ever made up to the most recently released, the 2006, that the man who created this wine, MarcheseCarlo Guerrieri Gonzaga, claims that it is 'based particularly on a long and fruitful collaboration with Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, who on his estate of San Guido in Tuscany [where Sassicaia is grown] had initiated Carlo into all of the secrets of his Bordeaux blend, becoming to all effects and purposes Carlo's "oenological godfather".'So much faith did Incisa della Rochetta have in Guerrieri Gonzaga's project that he suggested he take on his famous advisor-oenologist Giacomo Tachis as early as 1984. Tachis handed over to Carlo Ferrini only when he wanted to reduce his own workload in 1999 (the 1999 does seem rather different from other vintages but this may be a coincidence). The major difference between San Leonardo and Sassicaia is clearly one of climate. San Leonardo is made in the shadow of the snow-capped Dolomites. You can read the background to this and much else (including the story of the noble family Guerrieri Gonzaga and how they got their names, in 1445 and 1506 respectively) in this in-house account. But the bare bones are that this extensive property on the banks of the Adige river just east of Lake Garda in the southern tip of Trentino came into their family at the end of the 19th century via Carlo' s grandmother. Carlo's father Anselmo rationalized the extensive estate to a certain extent but it was the scientifically trained Carlo who decided to concentrate on wine production and who introduced the Bordeaux grapes, the two Cabernets, Merlot and some Carmenère. Twenty-five of the estate’s 300 ha are planted with vines, many on fairly steep hillsides of sandy gravel at an average altitude of 150m. Fermentation in the cellars that date back to the 15th century is in cement before aging in barriques.
Although this tasting was the second time I was lucky enough to taste a number of different vintages, I have never visited the property - but to judge from the photographs and description in the background document, it is hugely atmospheric, and nowadays enjoys a team completely focused on top-quality wine production. (Some lesser reds and now a Sauvignon Blanc are also made.) My favorite photograph in the booklet that accompanied all 39 bottles sent for me to taste (the Marchese apologized profusely that they had no back-up of the 1991) is of a mature gentleman in perhaps the most ravishing bit of tailoring I have ever clapped eyes on, sitting looking delightfully comfortable on the seat of an antique tractor. From the accompanying notes, I would guess it is the star of his collection of notable early-20th-century tractors, 'the celebrated semi-diesel Landini'. But what of the wines? In this complete run of vintages from 1982 to 2006 (no San Leonardo was made in 1984, 1989, 1992, 1998 and 2002) there was the most remarkable consistency. Even if 1982 is now a bit past it, the 1994 a bit too weak to enjoy, and vintages 2001, 2005 and 2006 still a bit too young to think of broaching, they all share the most admirable blend of subtlety, balance, finesse and (positive) restraint. Even the alcohol levels show more consistency than I have seen in a similar range of vintages. Okay, they nudge up from 13 to 13.5% with the three youngest wines but they had been 13% since 1990. These are wines with the most complex bouquets, showing just the sort of harmony you wish all classed-growth bordeaux had. None is a heavyweight, so I would not recommend them to someone raised on, say, Napa Valley Cabernet, but they are hugely digestible wines for drinking with food that is equally well-mannered and not too insistent.
San Leonardo 1982 Vino da Tavola dei Campi Sarni 16 Drink 1990-2008 Pale ruby with a rusty rim. Very '1970s bordeaux' on the nose - quite leafy with the merest hint of decay. Some sweetness on the nose. Light and fresh and vibrant. Fruit is fading so the acidity is coming to the fore. Not as plump as a typical 1982 Bordeaux classed growth but refreshing and well balanced. A little like a Chinon. 12.5%
San Leonardo 1983 Vino da Tavola di Vallagarina 17 Drink 1995-2015 Mid healthy ruby. Slightly acrid nose. But beefier than the 1982. Rich fruit with some delicacy. Dancing and what Michael Broadbent would call 'high toned' but very pleasant. Racy and at its elegant peak. Lively and far from heavy. Very fine, polished and appetizing. Just very slightly dry on the finish. 12%
San Leonardo 1985 Vino da Tavola dei Campi Sarni 16.5 Drink 1995-2015 Very healthy, lustrous ruby that's not quite as dense as the 1983. More complex nose than the two earlier vintages but with rather spicier oak notes. Rich but with the sweetness and acidity less married. Quite a presence in the mouth for a 12% wine. Acidity starting to poke through the fruit. Slightly aggressive finish. Was there a new oak regime this year? Not that subtle. 12%
San Leonardo 1986 Vino da Tavola dei Campi Sarni 17.5 Drink 2000-2018 Bright glowing dark ruby. Very sweet, almost gamey, animal nose. Hint of candy. Maybe even well-hung pheasant. Quite marked acidity and still some tannin. This is still very lively indeed. Bravo! Vigorous and complex. Dry finish. 12.5%
San Leonardo 1987 Vino da Tavola dei Campi Sarni 17.5 Drink 2000-2018 Pale crimson. Very clear and bright. Reminds me a little of the 1983 with its hint of acrid. Bitter cherries. More Italianate than some vintages with a slight dustiness on the finish. Mineral notes. Piercing acidity. Very bright. Challenging rather than flattering. Impressive persistence. Hint of oyster shells. Still very lively. 12.5%
San Leonardo 1988 Vino da Tavola dei Campi Sarni 18 Drink 2005-2022 Deep red with no hint of blue but no hint of orange either - good, firm colour. Rich and dense and concentrated. Very savory and intense. Still very vigorous and youthful. Very complete. Yes there is acidity but there is also so much fruit! Long. Vibrant. Well done! 12.5%
San Leonardo 1990 Vino da Tavola di Vallagarina 18 Drink 2000-2016 Healthy dark crimson. Lovely mature bouquet - 'cooler' and more fragrant than a typical classed-growth 1990 bordeaux. Very aromatic and slightly leafy with marked acidity. Perhaps just the tiniest bit too lean for perfection. But a bewitching bottle for those seeking refreshment. Fine tannins only just present. Cool as a mountain stream... 13%
San Leonardo 1991 Vino da Tavola di Vallagarina 17 Drink 1998-2013 Mature dark brick color. Evolved nose with hints of tar and the very slightest hint of decay. The fruit is fading and there's a certain dustiness on the finish. Lightly minty. Bracing at this stage. Light to medium bodied but with great integrity and interest. 13%
San Leonardo 1993 Vino da Tavola di Vallagarina 18 Drink 2002-2016 (No 1992 was made.) Dark blackish ruby. Lovely supple fruit in the prime of life on the mid palate but the nose suggests a whiff of TCA and it's a little dry on the end so I opened the second bottle. The second bottle was not desperately forthcoming but did smell a little cleaner, with a little hazelnut aroma. Lovely spread of mature claret flavors across the palate. This is a lovely wine, even if it's not chock full of ripe fruit or sweetness. Great balance and energy. Tastes as though this was quite a dry year. 13%
San Leonardo 1994 Vino da Tavola di Vallagarina 16.5 Drink 2002-2010 Dark ruby with a pale brick rim. Rather dry, dusty fruit with the acidity to the fore. Aging. Dry finish. The fruit is not that intense - just a bit spindly. 13%
San Leonardo 1995 IGT Vallagarina 18.5 Drink 2006-2020 Healthy dark ruby. Much fruitier and more youthful than the early 1990s vintages. Intense ripe fruit with strong licorice notes and still a bit of tannin evidence. There is more than enough fruit here to counterbalance the lively acidity. Relatively plump. 13%
San Leonardo 1996 IGT Vallagarina 18 Drink 2005-2020Very dark, blackish ruby. Sweet ripe cassis aromas. Some light spiciness on the nose. Very mellow with attractively mellow tannins and just the right amount of fresh fruit. Between light and medium bodied. Very refreshing and beautifully balanced. Persistent. The epitome of claret in build. 13%
San Leonardo 1997 IGT Vallagarina 17 Drink 2005-2016 Maturing ruby. Smells more evolved than the super-vital 1996. Hedonistic and flattering on the nose, then the acidity is starting to poke through the fruit on the palate. Really quite evolved with a little dryness and heat on the finish. 13%
San Leonardo 1999 IGT Vallagarina 19 Drink 2008-2024 Dark healthy-looking ruby. Rather different from previous vintages: the fruit is less sweet and frank; there is a (far from unpleasant) savory, almost leathery, overlay. A new cooper perhaps? Very big and round and complete. Tastes almost like a (fine) Bolgheri wine rather than one grown in the mountains. Lots of pleasure but still lots of potential too. Surely this is more than 13% alcohol? I like that graphite topnote. Very appetizing. Nothing heavy about this complex whole. 13%
San Leonardo 2000 IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti 17.5 Drink 2008-2018 Dark ruby with pale rim. Complex, lifted nose. Lighter in weight than the 1999 but very appetizing. Quite marked acidity. But very true and pure. Dusty tannins that are still a little dry but the fruit is not that intense. 13%
San Leonardo 2001 IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti 17 Drink 2015-2025 Aging crimson. Still very youthful and unformed. Suddenly we are into an era of young wine... The acidity and tannins are still quite prominent and the finish still dry. All the ingredients are here for a long life but I would choose to hold on to this a bit longer before drinking. 13%
San Leonardo 2003 IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti 17.5 Drink 2009-2017 Mid ruby with some age at the rim. Mild, warm, already complex nose with graphite and blackberries. Relatively lightweight with the tannins quite evolved but no sign of any heatwave characteristics. But not one of the most intense or longest-lasting vintages. Freshness on the finish. 13%
San Leonardo 2004 IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti 19 Drink 2010-2024 Dark crimson (much, much darker and bluer than the 2003). Very interesting, complex, rather lush amalgam of tar and super-ripe black fruit. Lovely velvety texture and not at all unlike a first-class bordeaux, although more evolved than most 2004 bordeaux of my acquaintance - perhaps like a particularly lifted, fine 2000? There are tannins here but very supple ones. Lip-smacking balance and interest. Persistent. Most impressive balance. 13.5%
San Leonardo 2005 IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti 17 Drink 2015-2024 Very dark, blackish ruby. Warm and open and more diffuse on the nose than the more focused 2004. Polished tannins and with the acidity a little more obvious and less integrated. A flattering wine but just a little awkward and jagged at the moment. A bit of alcohol on the finish. Not much development on the nose yet. A hint of char. 13.5%
San Leonardo 2006 IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti 18 Drink 2016-2030 Very dark, lustrous ruby. Mild but sophisticated nose. Lightly warm and toasty but no hint of oak. Very juicy and well balanced. Quite delicate with some fine grained tannins in evidence. Not a massive blockbuster but super-digestible. Lovely young wine. But needs cellaring. And needs a drinker not looking for mass. 13.5%