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GONZAGA 06 "SAN LEONARDO"
Item: #301234
Bottle Size: 750ml
WA: 94
$54.95
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GONZAGA 2006 "SAN LEONARDO" TRENTINO

WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2006 San Leonardo boasts striking inner perfume, great purity and fabulous overall balance. A large, broad-shouldered red, the 2006 shows off layers of expressive dark fruit, grilled herbs, licorice and new leather, all supported by firm yet well-integrated tannins. The 2006 is impressive today, but it is built to last for decades. The flagship San Leonardo is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot aged in French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036."

San Leonardo is a Bordeaux style blend (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot) grown in the foothills of Trentino, in Northern Italy. It’s also one of Italy’s most awarded wines: since 1990 every vintage but one has received Italy’s “Tre Bicchieri” award, including the 2006 we’re offering today. Antonio Galloni awarded the 2006 94pts while writing for the Wine Advocate, and his successor as Italian Editor at The Wine Advocate, Monica Larner, listed a vertical tasting of San Leonardo as her Best of 2013. However, despite all the accolades, San Leonardo is not a power-house, blockbuster style. Instead it recalls an older generation of Bordeaux, mostly gone for decades, when “Clarets” were built for elegance and longevity rather than upfront fruit and oak. San Leanardo is medium bodied, firmly structured with acidity and minerality, and almost always a bit tight and closed as a “new release”—even when that new release is already 7-8 years old. The real beauty of San Leonardo is for patient and meditative wine drinkers. Yes, San Leonardo cellars brilliantly for decades as seen in Monica Larner’s enthusiasm on tasting a complete vertical of the estate’s wines. Also, the 2006 San Leanardo can be enjoyed right now, but we advise decanting it for at least hour.
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