Wine Advocate | Rating: 87I was surprised that the 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Leonardini Vineyard did not perform better. A dark ruby/purple-colored effort, with a textbook cassis, spicy, oaky, earthy-scented bouquet, and fleshy, moderately tannic flavors, it is good, but not inspiring. This elegantly-styled Cabernet lacks the extra flavor and richness dimensions required to merit a higher rating.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Intense and drinking well, offering a mix of complex young and mature Cabernet flavors, hints of dried currant, lead pencil, herb and drying cedary oak. Ends with chalky-minty tannins and dusty oak.Author: James Laube
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 149 bottles owned
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