Leonetti Sangiovese 2010
Sangiovese from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Very dark color that any Brunello from the finest of vintages would envy. The nose bursts with bright, freshly macerated ripe strawberries and Bing cherries. There is a sense of stoney minerality that you'll positively love. On the palate, reserved sweet fruit. Ripe and plentiful "Brunello" style tannin. Possessing beautiful precision and focus, this Sangiovese epitomizes leanness and power. A paradox in a glass! Being a "dream vintage", the 2010 Sangiovese may be Leonetti's finest to date and will age for decades if you can keep your hands off it.
Blend: 89% Sangiovese, 11% Syrah
The Wine Advocate - "One of the top renditions of the variety outside of Italy, Chris’s 2010 Sangiovese (89% Sangiovese and 11% Syrah) spent 22 months in a combination of new French oak Puncheons and neutral French oak Botti, which are the equivalent of foudre in French and are very large oak casks. Showing a deep black cherry driven core of fruit that’s intermixed with notions of spice box, aged beef, leaf tobacco and dusty minerality, it flows onto the palate with the expected Sangiovese edge and dusty tannin, yet also possesses fantastic fruit and a seamless, elegant profile. Already reasonably approachable, it should have 10-15 years of prime drinking."
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.