Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
The 1989 vintage of this wine was ranked #6 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1992
Seductive color saturation to the rim. The nose on the Cabernet Sauvignon captures what makes this one of the world's finest wine grapes—it is an exotic array of spices, dried herbs, lavender, charcuterie, mocha, cassis, vanilla, andripe red and black fruits. In the very distant background thereis a lovely note of mint. The wine has incredible density,with very ripe tannin that is suave on the palate. The finishis ultra long and pleasant. This wine is distinctively WallaWalla and why our valley is becoming an international focalpoint for Cabernet.
Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 4% Carmenere and 3% Malbec
Wine Enthusiast - "Dense, aromatic, layered and rich, this wine explodes from the glass with scents and flavors of concentrated berries, cassis, black cherry, and more. The vines have reached a mature stage that amplifies the fruit and keeps the generous barrel flavors in perfect balance. The barrel notes roll on in a chorus of toasty accents, and the finish is as good in the last minute as the first whiff from the glass."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is a bigger, more structured wine. Dense, layered, and with a suave personality, it will continue to blossom for another 5-6 years and should see its 20th birthday in fine form. "
International Wine Cellar - "Deep, saturated ruby-red. Sweet aromas of cassis, coffee and licorice. Superconcentrated, voluptuous and seamless, with outstanding density of fruit. The compellingly sweet, urgent dark berry flavors carry through to an extremely long, broad, sweetly tannic finish. Not at all dominated by oak; Chris Figgins told me that his family is using less and less American oak, and that no new American barrels were used for this cabernet."
Wine & Spirits - "The violet and tobacco leaf scents mark thsi clearly as a Walla Walla Valley cabernet. With air, a pretty herbal note, like sarsaparilla, starts to emerge. For all of these savory elements the wine is remarkably generous and fruit-driven, packed with flavors of cherry and fresh fig. They more effortlessly across the palate, driven by a brisk acidity, marked by fine tannins. A formidable wine, ready to decant for a hearty steak."
Wine Spectator - "Dense with tannins, sporting flavors of licorice, blackberry and smoke that push to get through. This finishes tight but glows with fruit and savory notes on the long aftertaste. Needs significant cellaring. Best after 2014."
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Leonetti Cellar Winery
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. View all Leonetti Cellar Wines
About Walla Walla ValleyView a map of Walla Walla Valley wineries
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 hailed by wine critics for its quality and sense of place. That has not changed. Many red wines from Walla Walla show not only great complexity and elegance, but ageability. Though the region is known for the red wines, the most planted white grape here is Chardonnay.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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