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Leonetti Cellar Reserve Walla Walla Valley 2016 (Columbia Valley, Washington) - [JD 99] [JS 97] [WS 95] [WE 94]
Leonetti Cellar Reserve Walla Walla Valley 2016 (Columbia Valley, Washington) - [JD 99] [WS 95]


 
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Winery: Leonetti Cellar
Varietal: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc
Region: Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: LEONETTIRESERVE16-W
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Notes from the Winemaker:
This inky Cabernet-dominated wine explodes from the glass with a flamboyant and enchanting bouquet of freshly picked flowers. Malbec contributes precision and levity on the palate. These two features are defining characteristics of the truly great wines of the world. It is a sensation of density of fruit on the palate without being cloying. The wine is brimming with black and red fruits and just a whisper of oak. The tannins are luscious but structured to age magnificently. The balance is perfect. This wine is our flagship effort and I believe you’ll find it represents that exceptionally!

AGING PROFILE: 22 months in new and once-filled French oak barrels and neutral French oak oval botti
BLENDING DETAIL: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc

Ratings & Reviews

99 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:

"The 2016 Reserve is similar in color (it might be even inkier at the rim) and is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Franc that spent 22 months in a mix of 75% new and 25% once-used French oak barrels. It offers sensational notes of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed rocks, smoke tobacco, and perfectly integrated oak. These all flow to a ripe, powerful, yet seamless and incredibly elegant wine that has nothing out of place, building tannins, awesome purity of fruit, and a massive finish. Reminding me of the 2010, yet made in a more elegant style, this magical wine is drinkable today but will benefit for 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 3-4 decades. Hats off to Chris Figgins for another awe-inspiring wine." - Jeb Dunnuck (4/11/2019)

97 Points - James Suckling:
"Beautifully stylish, this is a complex, youthful red with attractive, barrel-derived charcuterie, built around precisely ripe blackcurrants, red plums and dark cherries, as well as cedary-tobacco nuances and dark chocolate. So classic. The palate has a succulent, smooth and astutely groomed texture with tannins that are so nicely worked and deliver length with elegance. Black-cherry, blood-plum and dark-chocolate flavors abound. A blend of 73% cabernet sauvignon, 22% malbec and 5% cabernet franc. Try from 2024." (Apr 2019)

95 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Graceful, polished and dynamic, with layered blackberry, toasty allspice and espresso flavors that take on richness toward refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028. 911 cases made. — TF (Web Only - 2019)

94 Points & Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast:
"Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 73% of this wine, with the balance a healthy dollop of Malbec (22%) along with a smidgen of Cabernet Franc. For the first time, this wine includes fruit from newer estate plantings at Holy Roller and Serra Pedace. The aromas reveal notes of coffee, star anise, black cherry, plum and spice. Plump, saturated, palate-coating fruit flavors follow with highly structured acidity and tannins backing it up. This wine is always more about the future than the present, and never more so than with this vintage. Best after 2025, with a long life beyond that." - SS (10/1/2019)


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