‘Bold: a wine that conveys the desire to take new paths; courageous, determined, expressive and elegant like my great-great-grandmother Leonia, who has inspired me to make innovative choices. It was she who planted the French varietals at Pomino, vinifying them in the first Italian gravity-flow winery and receiving the gold medal at the Paris Expo in 1878’ – Lamberto Frescobaldi
The year 2015 saw excellent climatic conditions, with vines sprouting around the second half of April. In the spring months between the sprouting and flowering, humidity was low while temperatures were rather high. The combination of these factors contributed to perfect plant development. Flowering occurred around the first week of June, thanks to high temperatures of approximately 30°C. The summer saw very little rain, with high temperatures on average during the weeks preceding the harvest and optimal diurnal and nocturnal temperature variation during the harvest period. These conditions allowed for perfectly ripe grapes with an excellent aromatic concentration and exceptional freshness.
The elegance of Leonia 2015 is immediately apparent: a shiny straw yellow colour with golden reflections and a fine, consistent perlage. Its citrus flower bouquet is immediately striking, accompanied by liquorice and balsamic notes. With time, sweet notes of pastries and toasted bread emerge, thanks to the prolonged ageing on the lees. The stunning finish features delicate Mediterranean aromas, among which Scotch broom and wild mint stand out. To the taste, the fine effervescence and richness immediately make a statement. Like a straight line, the Chardonnay dazzles on the palate with its vibrancy and freshness. Intense citrus notes are perceived, while the full flavours of Pinot Noir are the perfect accompaniment. The soft, round finish emerges with the slight spiciness of anise.