2003 Leonetti - Walla Walla Reserve 750ml

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2003 Leonetti - Walla Walla Reserve
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($100; cabernet sauvignon with 16% merlot and 13% petit verdot, all estate fruit; aged in 70% new French oak) Good deep, bright ruby. Superripe aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, roast coffee, bitter chocolate and sexy oak. Rich, dense and sappy, with lovely verve to the sweet, intense dark fruit flavors. Wonderfully horizontal wine, saturating the palate with fruit on the dense, very long finish. This already offers great appeal but I'd give it some time to develop. The pH here, says Figgins, is 3.7, which is quite healthy in the context of this vintage.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 129

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Wine Advocate | 97

Mouth-watering quantities of black raspberries and cassis liqueur are found in the nose of the stunning 2003 Reserve. A huge, immensely deep wine of intense concentration, it coats the palate with waves of dark raspberries and super-ripe black currants whose flavors linger in its exceptionally long finish. This decadent behemoth is magnificent to taste now and will be sumptuous over the next 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2006-2021
Author: Pierre Rovani
Issue: 164

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Wine Spectator | 92

Smoky, toasty overtones add interest to the dark berry and balsamic aromas and flavors that glide smoothly over the fine-grained tannins as the persistent, distinctive finish does a long diminuendo. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 755 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2013
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Score: 91
Author: Jkbergmann
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/03/2009
Score: 90
Author: Matt D596
Tasted On: 11/11/2008
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About This Producer


Gary Figgins, owner-winemaker of this oldest winery in the Walla Walla Valley, turned his winemaking hobby into a career in 1977 after years of amateur experimentation in is cellar. He is respected for being entirely self-educated in winemaking and having an obsessive attention to detail, going so far as to choose specific logs for his barrel staves years in advance. Despite his overwhelming success, total production of his Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, blends, and Riesling remains limited.

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