2008 Leonetti Cellar Reserve

Year: 2008
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 97
Vinous Media: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 96
Red Wine
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"Supple, generous and inviting for its pure currant, blackberry and wet earth flavors that pulse on the lively, expressive finish. Tannins are present, but well-integrated. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,131 cases made." (WS)

"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, succulent, plush, bordering on opulent wine that is beautifully balanced and already complex. It will continue its development for at least another 5-6 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2028+.

I don’t want to be responsible for any family disputes but it appears that Chris Figgins has taken over day-to-day operation of the venerable Leonetti Cellar from his father and winery founder, Gary Figgins." (WA)

"(14.7% alcohol; 69% cabernet sauvignon, 11% each petit verdot and merlot, and 9% cabernet franc): Full ruby-red. Cassis, licorice and roasted oak on the nose. Sweet, lush and seamless; wonderfully thick but less expressive and less urgent today than the cabernet bottling. One senses the perimeter of this powerfully built, backward wine more than its contents today. Best right now on the slowly mounting, extremely long finish, which features sweet tannins and building notes of spices and Belgian chocolate. Winemaker Chris Figgins "builds the cabernet base" of the reserve first (before picking for the cabernet sauvignon bottling), explaining that he likes some early-harvested cabernet for its aromatic complexity." (IWC)

"In comparison with the 2008 Cabernet, this is the bigger wine, less sleek, more chewy. As it opens in the glass, the aromas display incense scents, and there is assertive, blocky, chewy fruit––especially black cherry. The tannins are also bigger, blockier, more substantial than the Cabernet. With hours of breathing time, exotic spices (saffron and more) emerge." (WE)

Winery Notes:
I don't think you'lI find a prettier Cabernet-based wine from anywhere. Our Reserve is as dark as they come . The nose opens with an intense cassis, broadens to a bouquet of complex florals, and on second sniffs reveals cedar smoke black fruit compote and earth. It's just an enchantingly complex nose. On the palate it's no less gratifying­ incredibly dense but with wonderfully supple tannin and glycerin-likes sweetness and incredible length. This wine will reward the patient drinker who can hide it in some corner of their cellar. If you're not that patient, you will be ecstatic nonetheless. My family is tremendously proud to share this effort with youl