Try Cuiron by Helmut Lang, warm with hints of rose and suede, with a woodsy drydown. You can even wear it in the summer without killing.
There's also DK Fuel and DK Unleaded. Smooth and warm on the first, and of fresh leather on the latter.
My favorite is the woody leather in Valentino Vendetta, but the Geranium Jasmine and Clove can be interpreted as "mossy" or "tobacco-ish"...more the classic leather composition IMO, but I've been stocking up on bottles for cheap as it is discontinued. As a matter of fact I think all the scents I've mentioned are discontinued, but they're out there on the net.
I agree with you on the staying power of Vera Wang...smells nice starting off, but quickly disappears by the first hour or so.
There's also Habit Rouge, an warm retro oriental leather but with a persistent citrus bite to it through and through.
Lastly, there's Fendi Uomo, more chypre based leather, has a sophistication to it, like the feeling of vacationing in Rome, and the smell of leather on a cold early morning coming back from the club.