Leonetti Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
A very deep, darkly colored wine, our '96 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits exotic aromas of spices and sweet black fruits of cassis and blackberries. The wines loaded with gobs of wood influenced vanillin. A big, rich, chewy wine with the kind of density that can only be accomplished with very low yields. This is a full bodied, powerful wine with a satisfying, fruity finish. A great aging future awaits this wine.
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 86.5%, Merlot 8.6%, Cabernet Franc 1.3%, Petit Verdot 3.6%
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated ruby. Multidimensional nose features sappy black raspberry, violet, licorice, mocha, minerals, oak spice and a hint of pie crust. Dense and thick but bright and sappy, thanks to lively ripe acidity. Vibrant hint of lemon in the mouth. Very light on its feet for a red wine this concentrated. Finishes with very even tannins and outstanding length."
Wine Spectator - "Firm and focused, a jazzy mouthful of spicy blackberry, black pepper and violet flavors that harmonize nicely on the graceful finish. Approachable now, but can age. Best after 2000."
The Wine Advocate - "The ruby/purple-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve offers enthralling blackberry, fresh herb, Asian spice, and raspberry aromas. This intense, concentrated, velvety textured, and medium to full-bodied wine coats the palate with its blood orange as well as red and black cherry flavors."
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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 Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
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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