Leonetti Reserve 1998

Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Washington

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Item No. 126574
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP96
  • ST93
  • WS92
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • RP97
  • ST94
  • 2003
  • RP97
  • 2002
  • W&S94
  • 2001
  • RP96
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Winemaker's Notes

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%

Critical Acclaim

"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. "
96 Points

"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."
93 Points

"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."
92 Points

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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...

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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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