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1995 Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

  • 89 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 88 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 52967-1995-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    Aromatically, the ruby-colored 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a blast of chocolate syrup covered cherry ice cream, caramel, coconut, cassis liqueur, and mint-julep. This medium-to-full-bodied, silky-textured, rich, and candied wine offers loads of super-ripe red and black berry fruit as well as boatloads of pepper and Asian spices. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. I love drinking Leonetti's wines, especially when they are young. Figgins' offerings consistently qualify as some of the world's best drinking reds. They are candied oak bombs that satisfy my cravings for uninhibited pleasure. However, having tasted through a number of older releases, I do not believe these wines can be considered ageworthy. With time the explosive sultriness of the fruit and copious oak spices lose their exuberant youthful qualities. The wines, while still extremely pleasurable to drink, do taste more subtle, but this restraint makes them less interesting and fun. For example, when young the 1989 Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Reserve was the sexiest, sultriest, and most hedonistically pleasurable Cabernet I had ever put to my lips. My score at the time was in the upper-90s, today, after time has tamed the wine, I rate it a 90 - still outstanding and pleasurable, but no longer mind-boggling. This is not a knock at Leonetti's wines. I believe the most important factor is how much pleasure a wine gives, not how long it gives it. Figgins wines tend to be superb the day they are purchased, so why defer your gratification?
    Author: Pierre Rovani
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Ripe and supple, this spicy mouthful of black cherry, plum and tar flavors remains smooth and elegant through the harmonious finish, which is wrapped in a layer of spiciness. 1,961 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

    Ruby-red. Complex, captivating aromas of cassis, smoke, grilled nuts and spearmint. Velvety-sweet, even thick on entry, but ultimately a cabernet of only moderate depth and complexity. Finishes with a slight greenness and decent length. Seems like a triumph of winemaking over so-so materials.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: September/October 1998
  • Self | Rating: 91

    More blueberry fruit than I remember. Well integrated tannins, slight chalkiness. Also some red fruit with appealing sweetness. Still has room to sit. Expressing good berry flavors. Nice mouthcoating fruit, good finish.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2012
    Author: StuTarheel
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 180 bottles owned
  • 50 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 50 collectors)