Leonetti Reserve 2008

Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Washington

Price: $139.99
Item No. 108925
  • RP97
  • WE96
  • ST94
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • RP97
  • ST94
  • 2003
  • RP97
  • 2002
  • W&S94
  • 2001
  • RP96
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Winemaker's Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon 69%, Petit Verdot 11%, Merlot 11%, Cabernet Franc 9%.

Impossibly complex, mysterious nose that reveals itself over time. Cassis liqueur and floral notes open to a bowl of fresh crushed ripe fruit sprinkled with cinnamon and notes of cedar and coffee. A bigger wine than the cab, it is tight as a drum as I write this, but continues to open beautifully even a week after uncorking! This is a wine of immediate gratification, yet it possesses amazing aging potential. In the mouth, the wine is loaded with dense ripe fruit, long and balanced, with tannin and acid in perfect harmony. I really feel this wine will stand proudly next to the world's finest Bordeauxs upon release, but especially in 10–15 years—if you can keep your hands off of it! Leonetti Reserve is our finest effort. It is crafted from our finest blends, finest barrels, and finest vineyards.

Critical Acclaim

"The winery flagship is the 2008 Reserve, a blend 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 11% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc aged in barrel, some of it new, for 23 months. Sandalwood, exotic spices, herbs, violets, and assorted black fruits inform the nose of a layered, succulent, plush, bordering on opulent wine that is beautifully balanced and already complex. It will continue its development for at least another 5-6 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2028+. "
97 Points

"In comparison with the 2008 Cabernet, this is the bigger wine, less sleek, more chewy. As it opens in the glass, the aromas display incense scents, and there is assertive, blocky, chewy fruit––especially black cherry. The tannins are also bigger, blockier, more substantial than the Cabernet. With hours of breathing time, exotic spices (saffron and more) emerge."
96 Points

"Full ruby-red. Cassis, licorice and roasted oak on the nose. Sweet, lush and seamless; wonderfully thick but less expressive and less urgent today than the cabernet bottling. One senses the perimeter of this powerfully built, backward wine more than its contents today. Best right now on the slowly mounting, extremely long finish, which features sweet tannins and building notes of spices and Belgian chocolate. Winemaker Chris Figgins "builds the cabernet base" of the reserve first (before picking for the cabernet sauvignon bottling), explaining that he likes some early-harvested cabernet for its aromatic complexity.
Rating: 94(+?)"
94 Points

"Supple, generous and inviting for its pure currant, blackberry and wet earth flavors that pulse on the live and expressive finish. Tannins are present but well-integrated. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2018."
93 Points

"Dense, primary and a touch opaque at the outset, this blend is about 70 percent cabernet, with a balance of petit verdot, merlot and cabernet franc. It seems to be all structure at first, before a fine, gentle red fruit flavor peeks through - red plum and darker cherry accents. The texture is firm and sleek at once, though the wine is a long way from peak expression. Cellar, then serve with a ribeye."
93 Points

Learn About Leonetti Map ItMap It

Exclusive production of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have been the hallmark of Gary Figgins' Leonetti Cellar winery in the suburbs of Walla Walla. Grapes from his own vineyard and from other nearby properties are used to create these rich and robust varietal wines. The attractive new winery building made of native stone houses barrel storage and fermenting tanks.

Learn About Walla Walla Valley

So nice, they say it twice... Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah. In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was...

Read More About Walla Walla Valley

Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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