Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2008 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2008 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (98WE, 94RP, 94ST, 94VN, 94W&S, 93WS) and 1-bottle of 2008 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot (96WE, 92RP, 92ST, 92W&S). Of the 2008 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,Wine Enthusiast writes: "Dense, aromatic, layered and rich, this wine explodes from the glass with scents and flavors of concentrated berries, cassis, black cherry, and more. The vines have reached a mature stage that amplifies the fruit and keeps the generous barrel flavors in perfect balance. The barrel notes roll on in a chorus of toasty accents, and the finish is as good in the last minute as the first whiff from the glass. *Editors' Choice* (PG)" (09/2011)
This lot contains the following items:
2008 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 1)
2008 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Merlot (qty: 1)
Dense, aromatic, layered and rich, this wine explodes from the glass with scents and flavors of concentrated berries, cassis, black cherry, and more. The vines have reached a mature stage that amplifies the fruit and keeps the generous barrel flavors in perfect balance. The barrel notes roll on in a chorus of toasty accents, and the finish is as good in the last minute as the first whiff from the glass. *Editors' Choice* (PG)
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is a bigger, more structured wine. Dense, layered, and with a suave personality, it will continue to blossom for another 5-6 years and should see its 20th birthday in fine form. (JM)
Deep, saturated ruby-red. Sweet aromas of cassis, coffee and licorice. Superconcentrated, voluptuous and seamless, with outstanding density of fruit. The compellingly sweet, urgent dark berry flavors carry through to an extremely long, broad, sweetly tannic finish. Not at all dominated by oak; Chris Figgins told me that his family is using less and less American oak, and that no new American barrels were used for this Cabernet. (ST)
The violet and tobacco leaf scents mark this clearly as a Walla Walla Valley Cabernet. With air, a pretty herbal note, like sarsaparilla, starts to emerge. For all of these savory elements the wine is remarkably generous and fruit-driven, packed with flavors of cherry and fresh fig. They move effortlessly across the palate, driven by a brisk acidity, marked by fine tannins. A formidable wine, ready to decant for a hearty steak.
Dense with tannins, sporting flavors of licorice, blackberry and smoke that push to get through. Finishes tight, but glows with fruit and savory notes on the long aftertaste. Needs significant cellaring. (HS)
*Cellar Selection* This is 100% varietal, from the Loess, Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, and Mill Creek Upland vineyards. A deep, intense take on Merlot, it’s so dark and concentrated that it dances on the )edge of bitterness, but in a style reminiscent of the finest Italian Merlots, that use that flavor to define and elucidate a dark and potent wine. In the mouth it fills out with luscious cherry and plum and blackberry fruit, baking chocolate, coconut and nougat. Yet it remains sleek and stylish, with a strong licorice note.
The 2008 Merlot (100%) spent 15 months in a mix of new and used French oak. It exhibits an aromatic array of smoke, spice box, violets, black cherry, and black raspberry. Elegant on the palate with excellent volume, concentrated, spicy flavors, and a hint of minerality, it has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years and will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2022 if not longer. (JM)
Good bright red. Smoky red fruits and musky wilder notes of tobacco and tea leaf on the nose. At once silky and precise; shapely, almost voluptuous, but without any undue weight. Builds impressively on the back end, finishing with very suave, sweet tannins and lingering red fruits. Incidentally, Chris Figgins describes his 2008 reds as more generous than his 2007s, but says the earlier vintage has a more classic structure and balance and may age longer. (ST)
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This red is crisp in texture and reticent with its tobacco-accented berry flavors that linger well, giving up raspberry, clove and wet earth character. The tannins get in the way, but there's a nice wine in there.