Leonetti Reserve 2008
Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
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.
The Wine Advocate - "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+. "
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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.
Wine Spectator - "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."
Wine & Spirits - "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."
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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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Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
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Earthy & Spicy
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