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Tasting for you Mercoledi 30 Ottobre 2013

Roberto Anesi tasting San Leonardo del Marchese Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga 2007

the brand that made Trentino’s prestigious offer and image well-known both in Italy and abroad

di Roberto Anesi

Today we’re going to talk about a great red wine of my native land, the region of Trentino.

I thought it was worth choosing something typical, a very true expression of my homeland; that’s why I picked one of the brand that made Trentino’s prestigious offer and image well-known both in Italy and abroad:  the San Leonardo del Marchese Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga 2007.

This wine is grown in Borghetto all’Adige, in the southern area of Trentino, a few steps from the border with Veneto and the province of Verona. Here the so called “Ora del Garda” breeze blows from the South across the northern shorelines of Lake Garda and plays a key role in allowing the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes to ripen.

San Leonardo has been known for decades as the Italy’s Bordeaux-style blend and over the years it succeeded in attracting groups of loyal enthusiasts, thanks to its elegance and ability to evolve and getting better with age. Its unique combination has soon become one of the winery’s trade-marks.

I’ve tasted for you their latest release, the 2007 vintage. It shows hints of garnet red, dark and dense yet bright color. On the nose, strong fruit flavors of cassis and plum, with hints of lavender, cocoa, juniper berries and cigar tobacco. Some balsamic notes mingled with slight vegetal accents emerge on the finish. Well-balanced on the palate, it has an elegant refined character and fine-grained tannins. Aftertaste of dried fruits and barley coffee.

Make sure you serve it at 16°C, which is the ideal temperature to exalt its distinctive character and delicate balance and to best appreciate it.