2016 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Washington

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Gary Figgins represents a true pioneer in the history of the American wine industry. Leonetti was the first bonded winery in Walla Walla and remains the standard bearer. Gary's son Chris now leads the family business in managing their esteemed estate vineyards which includes the well-regarded Seven Hills. 

About the wine

The wine is nearly black in the glass. Intricate nose of licorice, lavender, dried herb, cold black coffee mixed with caramel, black fruits, and elderberry. Incredible purity of fruit. Massive, but plush, with a core of mouthwatering acidity and a polished finish. The wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. It spent 22 months in French oak, with about two-thirds of it new.

Reviews

This regal wine really sets the tone for delivering poise, balance and elegance. Such distinctive cabernet redcurrants, cassis and red cherries, framed in cedary oak and tobacco. The palate is cast in noble tannins that deliver elegance and length. Deeply flavorful blackcurrants and dark cherries with chocolate that’s laced into the finish. A blend of 82% cabernet sauvignon, 13% petit verdot, 3% malbec and 2% merlot. Drink for the next decade and then some.~ 98 pts, James Suckling

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, and 2% Merlot that spent 22 months in 75% new French oak. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a sensational, full-bodied, layered wine that's overflowing with notions of crème de cassis, crushed rocks, smoked tobacco, and hints of camphor. Seamless, elegant, and layered, yet also powerful, it rates with the top wines of the vintage. Readers should snatch this beauty up. ~98JD

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