A wine with great depth of color, our '98 Reserve has a nose of rich black fruits, creme brulee, spice, and cream, while maintaining varietal purity. The palate is ultra-rich and mouth-filling, with flavors of black fruits and integrated wood spice. The incredibly long finish is backed by delicious fine-grained, soft tannins, and integrated toasty oak. This wine will likely be remembered as one of the finest Leonetti's produced to date.
Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 12.5%, Petit Verdot 12.5%
"I could not help breaking into a smile when I tasted the medium to dark ruby-colored 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Its extraordinarily spicy, cherry syrup-scented nose leads to a flavor profile that explodes on the palate with substantial quantities of cherry syrup, raspberry coulis, and Asian spices. Gary Figgins' Cabernets can be as boisterous as Olivier Humbrecht's Gewurztraminers. The purity and power of the sweet, spicy fruit flavors found in this wine are truly extraordinary. Additionally, it possesses an extremely long, candied, sweet tannin-filled finish.
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated medium ruby. Roasted red fruits and mocha on the nose. A huge, sweet mouthful of rich, expressive cabernet fruit. This thoroughly smooth wine has uncanny glyceral richness. The substantial but supple tannins are currently buried in fruit. In contrast to the regular bottling, this was dominated by its structure a year ago (prior to the bottling), but is utterly seamless today."
International Wine Cellar
"A seductive Cabernet, firm in texture, with layers and layers of generous black cherry, plum and mint flavors swirling through the supple finish, which echoes the flavors harmoniously."