2008 Leonetti - Walla Walla Reserve 750ml

USA - Washington - Columbia Valley - Walla Walla/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2008 Leonetti - Walla Walla Reserve
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(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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Score:
Author: kevinfarnham
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 03/02/2012
Drink Dates: 2016-2028

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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