2008 Leonetti - Walla Walla Reserve 750ml

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2008 Leonetti - Walla Walla Reserve
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

(14.7% alcohol; 69% cabernet sauvignon, 11% each petit verdot and merlot, and 9% cabernet franc): 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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 159

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Wine Advocate | 97

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+.

Drink Dates: 2016-2028
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 196

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Wine Spectator | 93

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 Dates: 2011-2018
Author: James Laube


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Author: kevinfarnham
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 03/02/2012
Drink Dates: 2016-2028
More Vintages and Sizes of Leonetti - Walla Walla Reserve:

2011 (750ml)

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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