Leonetti Cellars

"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.

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Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
96  Wine Advocate 
The Wine Advocate 96 "Leading off the 2013s, the 2013 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon comes all from estate vineyard and is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 7% Malbec, all of which spent 22 months in new and once used French oak. It’s vibrant purple color is followed by classic
Item Number: 22179

Leonetti Cellars 'Reserve' Red Blend 2011
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92-94 "The most unique of the 2011s barrel samples, with a bright, juicy profile that includes loads of black fruit, citrus, assorted wild herbs and floral qualities, the 2011 Reserve hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied, elegant and balanced mouthfeel, sweet tannin and an
Item Number: 15761

Leonetti Cellars Sangiovese 2011
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91-93 "Offering plenty of black cherry, cedar plank, spice box and hints of chocolate, the 2011 Sangiovese is beautifully ripe, layered and has excellent mid-palate density. It’s certainly an outstanding bottle of wine and should be approachable on release and drink nicely for 10-12

Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
"Poured initially out of the bottle, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon presents dark black fruit, cedar, and classic Left bank Bordeaux nose of fruit, saddle leather, and earth. It's sizable masculine mouth-feel has great length. Sweet fruit and gorgeously balanced. I think this wine has amazing

Leonetti Cellars Sangiovese 2009
" Exceptional deep ruby color. Enticing nose of dried fruits, cranberries, vanilla, pencil shavings and graham cracker. On the palate it is smooth, long and balanced by fine tannin and lively acidity. Excellent purity of fruit. After 3 days open this one is singing!" ~ Winery notes

Leonetti Cellars 'Reserve' Red Blend 2009
" Impossibly complex, mysterious nose that reveals itself over time. Cassis liqueur and floral notes open to a bowl of fresh crushed ripe fruit sprinkled with cinnamon and notes of cedar and coffee. A bigger wine than the cab, it is tight as a drum as I write this, but continues to open beautifully

Leonetti Cellars Merlot 2010
" Dense, dark, and lush but with amazing focus and levity. Loaded with dark blue and black fruits. Gorgeous high tone aromatics are reminiscent of brambleberry reduction compote. Long and plush on the palate, but with a fine grained tannin structure and brilliant acidity from the epic 2010 vintage.

Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
97  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 97 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

Leonetti Cellars Reserve Red 2008
97  Wine Advocate 
 Wine Advocate 97 "The winery flagship is the 2008 Reserve, a blend 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 11% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc aged in barrel, some of it new, for 23 months. Sandalwood, exotic spices, herbs, violets, and assorted black fruits inform the nose of a layered,

Leonetti Cellars Merlot 2009
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92"A Merlot with admirable restraint, this shows a lively balance of raspberry and roasted meat flavors, finishing against fine tannins. Has freshness and immediate appeal, but theres more underneath that cellaring could bring out. Drink now through 2019."

Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94"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."

Leonetti Cellars Sangiovese 2008
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92"The 2008 Sangiovese is redolent of dark cherries and spices. Intense, racy, and structured, this beautifully proportioned wine will perform optimally from 2012 to 2023."

Leonetti Cellars Sangiovese 2007
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The medium purple-colored 2007 Sangiovese (which contains 14% Syrah) spent 22 months in mostly neutral French oak. It offers up a nose of spicy cherries and strawberries. On the palate it displays savory, spicy fruit, elegance, a vibrant acid structure, and several years of aging

Leonetti Cellars Merlot 2008
92  Wine Advocate 
 Wine Advocate 92 "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

Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
 "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

Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
94  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 94 "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon includes 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 4% Carmenere, and 2% Malbec in the blend. Purple-colored, it offers up notes of pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, black currants, and plum. It conceals enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years and the wine

Leonetti Cellars Merlot 2006
92  Wine Spectator 
 Connoisseurs Guide to Wine 92 "8% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Petit Verdot. This masterful effort adds further to the twin notions of Merlot's grand potential and Merlot's stunning performance in Washington State. Its youthful aromas are filled with the scents of sweet, ripe cherries and take on subtle