Nov
13
2008

Tenuta San Leonardo Merlot Villa Gresti 2003, 87 points

2003 Tenuta San Leonardo Merlot Villa Gresti

(Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige)

Had this wine at the Catalina Jazz fest a couple weeks ago and it was good but not great.  This wine was definitely more than a table wine, and was bordering toward a Bordeaux.  It’s intense and a little hot in the beginning and loosens up in about 30 minutes and the fruits come out more.  Ruby red on the color and little inky. The nose was very nice with floral and pepper, and a little earthy. Had some tobacco and vanilla. The palate was of dark fruit and herbs.  Medium length and the tannins were just a touch too much in the beginning.  The finish was white pepper and earthy with just a little bitterness.  Really heads toward a Bordeaux.

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