San Leonardo is considered the top winery in the region and one of the most consistent in the whole country. The Terre is from the younger fruit and, more Merlot-dominant than San Leonardo’s flagship, but it comes from the same terroir.
What we love most about this wine is its effortless sense of style and Northern Italian charm, reflected in its refined elegance and poise. With five years of bottle age this wine is showing some of our favourite cigar box and tobacco leaf characters, backed up by a smooth satisfying mid palate filled with plummy richness and a subtle earthy complexity. Lovers of a good claret will find this wine immensely appealing. Great with your Sunday roast, veal would be ideal.
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, February 2018
"One important wine-producing country that I have not mentioned yet is Italy, because my prime example of a wine that has hardly changed at all since it was launched with the 1982 vintage is the Cabernet blend of the San Leonardo estate in the subalpine region of Trentino.
San Leonardo is exceptional in so many ways. For a start it produces wine almost in a vacuum, north west of Verona towards Lake Garda, well outside the Valpolicella zone, and much further down the Adige valley from the vineyards that supply the sparkling wine of Trento.
Although it's an ancient estate, based on a tenth-century church, it did not produce wine until the late twentieth century. Marchese Carlo Guerreri Gonzago studied oenology in Lausanne in the late 1950s and then worked at the Tuscan estate that produces Sassicaia, Italy's prototype Supertuscan Cabernet. Under the influence of Sassicaia's creator, Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, Carlo was keen to see whether similar bordelais subtlety could also be coaxed out of the infertile clay-limestone benchlands of his wife's estate in Trentino."