If any wine can elevate Leonetti’s stunning Cabernet to yet another level, it is this astonishing blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 17% Petit Verdot, all from estate vineyards. Sweet plum, blueberry and blackberry fruits are seamlessly married to layers of different flavored chocolates. Silky and supple, it uses oak as a sensual enhancement, but the wood flavors of mocha, nuts, butter and toast are so beautifully smoothed into the fruit that they are never intrusive. (PG)
Bright ruby-red. Pure, floral aromas of black cherry, plum, cassis and minerals, with complicating notes of tobacco, tar, pepper and licorice. Suave on entry, then fat, dense and backward. Very firmly structured wine that's youthfully tight and sharply focused. Not a bigger wine than the cabernet, but its cut and clarity are exhilarating. The flavors of cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice and flowers outlast the wine's firm, fine-grained tannins. Superb. An outstanding showing for this year's crop of red wine releases from Leonetti. 93+ Points (ST)
Gary and Chris Figgins of Leonetti have a way of infusing Walla Walla character with French structure. Consider this blend of cabernet, merlot and a healthy percentage of petit verdot from Mill Creek Upland and Seven Hills Vineyards. The flavors and scents are pure Walla Walla-the leafy notes, the minerality, the ferrous, earthy elements and cigar-box spice, all informed with pristine red berry fruit and coddled by a generous but not overdone oak component. But it's the way these elements fit together, how they build upon one another almost vertically that give the wine its stature, the dimension and grandeur of great Bordeaux. It's still very young; cellar it, then decant and serve with a dry-aged steak.
Ripe, rich, mouthfilling stuff packs in enormous depth of dark plum, black cherry and tarry spice flavors, lingering against a touch of earth on the long, expansive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. (HS)
The blackberry, spice, and tar aromas of the 2002 Reserve lead to a medium to full-bodied character. This 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 17% Petit Verdot assemblage regales the palate with cassis, black raspberry, and dark cherry flavors in a sweet, pure format before revealing a plethora of firm tannin in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019. 91+ Points (PR)
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