Leonetti Reserve 2009
Impenetrably dark magenta. A beautiful and precise nose of graham cracker, mixed high-tone florals, ripe fruit, and hints of honey. Palate is silky smooth, incredibly dense and plush, loaded with ripe fruit and butressed by fine grained tannin and a very long finish. Simply pleasurable to sit on the palate. Overall this wine is more youthfully restrained than the Cabernet with laser focus and purity. I think this wine will really blossom over the next five years and reward as much cellaring as its owner is willing to allow.
Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot
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Lastly, I was also able to taste a bottle of the 2009 Reserve, which now, ten years after the vintage, is just starting to show some secondary notes. Based on 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot, its still youthful ruby/plum color is followed by notes of blackcurrants, toasted spice, graphite, unsmoked tobacco, and cedarwood. Rich, full-bodied, and still structured on the palate, it’s beautifully balanced, with plenty of fruit and a great finish. It’s solidly in the early stages of full maturity, where it’s going to remain for another 10-15 years, and then have a gradual decline. It’s a beautiful wine from Leonetti and a testament to the longevity of the wines from this region.