Terre di San Leonardo 2016
Varietal: Blend - 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Carmenère
Appellation: Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
Drinking Window: 2020-2026
Alcohol content: 12.5%
Scores (if you care about): 91/100, James Suckling; 91/100 Eric Guido, Vinous
"The 2016 Terre di San Leonardo Rosso is an excellent introduction to the producer and their style. The wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Carmenère from younger vines, yet the same terroir of the flagship San Leonardo. The bigger difference here is in the composition, with Merlot taking a front seat to Carmenère, and in the aging, using a blend of 80% concrete and 20% French oak for a shorter period of time. That said, the Terre di San Leonardo is intended to be the fresher and more immediate wine of the house. Crushed black cherries, wild, peppery herbs, crushed stone and hints of animal musk can be found in the glass. It trades power for tension, displaying a mix of tart woodland red and black berry fruits, complemented by zesty acids and minerals with just a hint of sweet spice. Its structure is present yet doesn’t overwhelm." 91/100, Eric Guido, Nov 2020
"A lightly herbal red with impressions of dried hay, redcurrants and cranberry pie. Light to medium body, fine yet firm tannins and a medium finish. Drink now." 91/100, James Suckling, Nov 2019
Terre, a Bordeaux blend like San Leonardo and from the same terroir, follows in the footsteps of its “elder brother,” as the winery describes it, here with remarkable crispness and enviable balance.
A blend of 50% Cabernet, 40% Merlot and 10% Carmenere and aged in 80% concrete vats and 20% in French oak, it is wine that is easy to love. An introduction into the house style of the cult Northern Italian producer San Leonardo, the introduction is full of surprise and pleasure perfectly designed to keep you there once you enter!!