San Leonardo - 'Villa Gresti' Merlot/Carmenere 2004

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"This is a refined assemblage of Merlot and Carménère from the San Leonardo's oldest vines. A hauntingly beautiful nose of black plum, red cherry and liquorice.

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Tenuta San Leonardo

Tenuta San Leonardo is a small winery that is in the north-eastern region of Trentino in Italy. The spot that it is situated in has long been described as a spot capable of magical or wondrous things - ever since 588 AD, in fact. It wasn't until the the de Gresti family, one of the noble families of the region, bought the old monastery and vineyards in 1656 that it saw its potential as a wine estate. Though we must jump to just after the First World War when Tenuta San Leonardo started to commercially make wines. Ever since then they have stood out in the region for making incredible wines of such depth and complexity.

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Merlot

Merlot is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. It is often seen as second fiddle to Cabernet Sauvignon but that is a misconception as it is actually planted more in Bordeaux than Cabernet Sauvignon is. It is known for its beautiful plummy aromatics and its soft texture which makes it a very important part in the classic 'Claret' Bordeaux blend. As such you will find Merlot almost everywhere that Cabernet Sauvignon is across the world from Lebanon to New Zealand.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Trento

Trento is a region in the northeast of Italy. It borders the regions of Alto-Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Like the aforementioned regions, it too is home to many crisp white wines and light red wines.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not lean with high acid.  Rather choose wines with some sweetness, fruit or viscosity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not big tannins but have lots of fruity flavours.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami-rich foods.  They will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are fruity and/or have higher sweetness levels.

Wines that are off-dry like many Gewürztraminers or Rieslings could work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you could consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help to cut down the perception of fattiness.  

These suggestions (there are no rules that apply to everyone) will help you to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that works well by cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity in a Pinot Noir. 

"This is a refined assemblage of Merlot and Carménère from the San Leonardo's oldest vines. A hauntingly beautiful nose of black plum, red cherry and liquorice.

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Tenuta San Leonardo

Tenuta San Leonardo is a small winery that is in the north-eastern region of Trentino in Italy. The spot that it is situated in has long been described as a spot capable of magical or wondrous things - ever since 588 AD, in fact. It wasn't until the the de Gresti family, one of the noble families of the region, bought the old monastery and vineyards in 1656 that it saw its potential as a wine estate. Though we must jump to just after the First World War when Tenuta San Leonardo started to commercially make wines. Ever since then they have stood out in the region for making incredible wines of such depth and complexity.

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Merlot

Merlot is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. It is often seen as second fiddle to Cabernet Sauvignon but that is a misconception as it is actually planted more in Bordeaux than Cabernet Sauvignon is. It is known for its beautiful plummy aromatics and its soft texture which makes it a very important part in the classic 'Claret' Bordeaux blend. As such you will find Merlot almost everywhere that Cabernet Sauvignon is across the world from Lebanon to New Zealand.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Trento

Trento is a region in the northeast of Italy. It borders the regions of Alto-Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Like the aforementioned regions, it too is home to many crisp white wines and light red wines.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not lean with high acid.  Rather choose wines with some sweetness, fruit or viscosity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not big tannins but have lots of fruity flavours.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami-rich foods.  They will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are fruity and/or have higher sweetness levels.

Wines that are off-dry like many Gewürztraminers or Rieslings could work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you could consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help to cut down the perception of fattiness.  

These suggestions (there are no rules that apply to everyone) will help you to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that works well by cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity in a Pinot Noir.