"Dense, saturated color. The initial nose is blueberry compote, blackberries, and a whiff of pine resin and
sawdust behind the classic cabernet note of cassis. As I taste an open bottle over several days, the wine changes
dramatically, with additional layers of aromas, including tobacco, more black fruits, and vanilla revealing
themselves. Im always pleased when a wine does this, as its a wonderful harbinger that it will continue to
gain complexity in bottle for years to come. The palate of this cab is just gorgeous, with a lush, mouth-coating
texture. The tannin content is high but the tannins are very ripe, fine-grained, and long. The wine finishes with
an endless glycerin sweetness for which Leonetti wines are known." ~Winery notes
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"Leonetti Cellar is unquestionably Washington state's finest Cabernet Sauvignon producer." -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Founded by Gary and Nancy Figgins, in 1977 Leonetti Cellar (named for Gary's grandparents) became the first bonded winery in Walla Walla. Almost immediately their exceptional wines set the standard for Washington and over the past three decades they have vigorously worked to maintain that excellence.
Using only estate fruit they produce four wines: Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Reserve blend. The wines are bold and expressive but also balanced and structured. Although delicious on release, the wines age beautifully. All of the wines are aged in a mix of old and new French oak for 15-22 months and total production is around 5500 cases.
In 2001 Chris Figgins assumed the role of head winemaker and, following Gary's retirement in 2011, now runs the entire estate. He won't be changing things, however, Leonetti remains strongly rooted in family tradition and the goal hasn't changed in all these years, simply to produce the greatest wines they possibly can.