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WE TOP 100 2012 Cellar Selections Rank 37
"This is the best bottling of a very fine lineup from Leonetti. Dense, textural and complex, it showcases exceptional blending of flavors from the addition of just 7% Merlot, 4% Carmenère and 1% Malbec. Notes of plum, cassis, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and a hint of herb run through a complete and engaging finish, retaining both elegance and power."
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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.