Tenuta San Leonardo 2008

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Once described as “the most successful Bordeaux blend of northern Italy” and “Blockbuster Bordeaux Blend from Trentino is clearly the Sassicaia of the North.” The famous wine of San Leonardo continues its success and tradition. The winery’s first release in 1968 was followed in 1982 with the inaugural release of the San Leonardo wine. Caretakers of the land for over 300 years in the Southern regions of Trentino and bordering with Veneto, this wine, bearing the same name, is a skillful blend of wines from different grapes that are fermented and aged separately: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot. Maturation takes place in cement tanks and is followed by 18-24 months in new and pre-used barriques.

What made this wine so appealing to me now was the age of the wine. From the Good to Excellent Vintage of 2008, this wine exhibits a definite Bordeauxesque quality. From the deep dark dry and rustic fruit, along with tannins that, even now, are firm and give body to the wine, it is telling me that there is still time to wait to enjoy this wine when it is at its best. My long decant helping the wine reveal itself but knowing that more years in the bottle would be beneficial.

Enjoyed over a two day period, this wine deserved a better pairing than I gave it. Stuffed peppers one night and Pork Tenderloin the other. While nice dinners, this wine could have stood up to just about anything. Game meats or even duck with its fattier attributes would do well.

Newer vintages may be available and from the looks of things, those wines continue with the quality and beauty that this vintage brought as well.