2010 Leonetti - Walla Walla Reserve 750ml

USA - Washington - Columbia Valley - Walla Walla/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2010 Leonetti - Walla Walla Reserve
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

(14.4% alcohol; 52% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 9% each cabernet franc and malbec): Dark ruby-red. Cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate aromas are complicated by tobacco, menthol and spicecake and lifted by a floral topnote. Large-scaled and superripe, with a more obvious glyceral sweetness than the 2010 cabernet. This remarkably voluminous yet lively and balanced blend shows captivating spicy lift to its dark berry, black cherry and chocolate flavors. The slowly building, very long finish shows huge, tooth-dusting tannins that seem a bit rougher than those of the cabernet, but this wine just needs an extended snooze in a cool cellar.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 171

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Wine Advocate | 100

Even better than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon, with additional richness and texture, yet without any added weight or heaviness, the perfect 2010 Reserve is comprised of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 9% Malbec that spent 22 months in new and used French oak. Inky purple in color and gorgeously rich and pure, it slowly gives up notions of smoked black currants, espresso, liquid flower, licorice and graphite that flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, plush and seamless 2010 that is perfectly balanced, has no hard edges and an incredible finish. It's a monumental bottle of wine that will drink well at an early age, yet age effortlessly for two decades or more. Drink now-2030.

Drink Dates: 2013-2030
Issue: 207

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Wine Spectator | 93

Dark, brooding, polished and focused, with green olive and bay leaf accents to the dark berry and licorice flavors, lingering against a swarm of refined tannins on the extended finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.

Drink Dates: 2015-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Score:
Author: flwine
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 04/03/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2027
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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