2006 Belisario Rosso San Leopardo SKU #1064046

Price: $24.99

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Tasting Notes

"This is the most exciting red wine I've tasted in years. It is made from a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet , 20% Merlot and 10% Cilegiolo fermented in stainless steel. It then spends a year in 50hl Slavonian .The nose is full of complex Marasca cherry woven into an undercarriage of spice, cedar, tobacco, gravel and exotic woods that effortlessly unite in one voice-lilting, haunting, reaching for you but not pulling. On the palate the wine glides easily, easing slowly to all corners of your mouth, freeing the complex fruit and earth. This wine doesn't swirl, whoosh or rush, there's no hurrying of the flavors, it is a patient, slow crescendo without the cymbals or drum flourish to let you know it has finished because it hasn't. Lingering on, it has a significant palate presence, but with only 13% ABV, it isn't about heaviness. This wine is like a stain in your memory, weightless but obviously evident. I really think this is such a great wine, I hope you will try it. As much as I like to just drink this wine, a food pairing would be, well, better. The flavor spectrum of this wine is so versatile that beef, pork, lamb, game birds, wild mushroom dishes and aged cheeses would all be a delight. Enjoy as much as I have!" Greg St. Clair

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    9/30/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    I followed our super-sommelier Chiara's advice and served this remarkably poised and elegant tabak and rose petal-scented wine with my five-pepper chili, worked beautifully! With its curious combination of earthy, dried spice, incense and potpourri aromas, it will enhance many cuisines, from Italian to Hungarian to Mexican. A seriously captivating contender for my personal wine of the month.
    Top Value!
  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    5/31/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    Still a staff favorite, this wine completely over-delivers for the price. This is a medium bodied, elegantly balanced, sangiovese based blend with bright red fruit and pepper showing on the palate. This wine is a fantastic companion to most meat, pasta and/or cheese plates.
  • Steve Greer
    By: Steve Greer
    5/26/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    I am honestly surprised we still have this wine since most of the staff loves this wine. With the addition of Cabernet and Merlot your first thought would be a big rich jammy extracted super tuscan. Not at all. This wine is aromatic, balanced with a long lingering finish. The nose is like walking into a humidor at a tobacconist. Spice, incense, cedar, red fruits come through on the palate with cedar and spice dominating the finish.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    5/13/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    Love this wine, Super Tusacn from the Marche ( 60% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet, 15% Merlot, 10% Cigliegiolo )Big and full-bodied with LOTS of black pepper, ripe strawberry with a little dusty finish.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    2/8/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    We might as well have been on the set of Soul Train, because the staff definitely showed some love for this wine. Fleshy, spicy, peppery red fruit aromas lead to similar flavors. Initially light to medium in body, the flavor intensity that accompanies such textural lightness was a welcome surprise. Red wine from verdicchio country, Matelica verdicchio country at that? I'd have never guessed it, but that's what makes Italian wine so exciting: you never quite know what you might get....

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