2009 Leonetti - Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 750ml

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2009 Leonetti - Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley
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International Wine Cellar | 93

(88% cabernet sauvignon, the rest merlot, carmenere and malbec): Bright ruby-red. Bright aromas of black cherry, cassis and licorice. Sweet and lush in the mouth, with a sexy exotic spice element lifting the powerful flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and cocoa powder. Creamy and very ripe but showing excellent energy for 2009. Impressively concentrated and long on the finish. A superb 2009.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 165

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Wine Advocate | 95

The Leonetti 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon - which incorporates some Merlot and Carmenere along with a smidgeon of Malbec - surprisingly evinces blueberry as well as cassis and cherry, in sweet but neither cooked nor confitured fashion, shadowed by suggestions of their high-toned, distilled counterparts. Ginger, cinnamon, toasted pecan, black tea and mint accents add to the appeal of lush fruit on a finely-tannic, full-bodied (14.6% alcohol) yet buoyant palate, and this finishes with an invigoratingly tart fruit skin edge and positively vibrant "ping" of sheer juiciness and energy that leave one's attention focused on a quivering tongue and the next sip. What a terrific example of how to achieve richness and sweetness of fruit while remaining fleet of foot! This beauty is unlikely to take a misstep for at least the next 12-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2012-2027
Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 204

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Wine Spectator | 91

Smooth and vibrant, this red offers rich blackberry and black tea flavors on a sinewy frame, lingering easily on the expressive finish.

Drink Dates: 2012-2017
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Score: 96
Author: Leftymtb
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 06/16/2014
More Vintages and Sizes of Leonetti - Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley:

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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