2014 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2014
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 92+
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
Price :

81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot

"Well-structured, yet rich and polished, with rose petal and blackberry aromas and complex flavors of briary wild berry, licorice and pepper that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. 2,869 cases made.–TF " (WS)

"Blackcurrants, black raspberries, graphite, leafy herbs and even a hint of bay leaf all emerge from the 2014 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon, and it's deep, rich and beautifully concentrated in the vintage. Made from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot, it opens up nicely with time in the glass, has ample tannin structure and a great finish. Give bottles short term cellaring and enjoy through 2034." (WA)

"Bright ruby-red. Very precise, pure scents of cassis, violet, bitter chocolate, mocha and licorice. Subtly complex, ripe and classy, hinting at a subtle sweetness but in a distinctly dumb phase right now, showing a medicinal menthol quality. This is most impressive today on the broad, horizontal back end, which features firm but pliant tannins and terrific chocolatey depth and length." (VM)

"(70% new French oak): Bright red-ruby. Very sexy aromas of blueberry, dark raspberry, pomegranate, mocha, cola and top-quality oak, lifted by violet and mint high tones. Very rich, deep, creamy wine, with its intense, vibrant red and darker berry flavors accented by spices. Slightly edgy acidity and youthfully clenched tannins call for patience; I would not be at all surprised if this seriously structured but plush and very long wine eventually merited an even higher rating." (VM)

"This wine is a blend of fruit from Seven Hills, Loess, Mill Creek Upland, Leonetti Old Block and Serra Pedace. Aromas of mineral, black cherry, incense, barrel spice and scorched earth lead to a full-bodied textured palate full of black-fruit flavors and tightly wound tannins. It drinks quite young now, needing some time to come into its own. Best from 2024–2029." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Impenetrably dark. An explosive nose of coffee, red and black fruits, Russian sage, and garden herbs. Lesser notes follow of crème cassis, currant, and black olive. On the palate, the wine is dense, sweet, and broodingly dark. Simply perfect fine-grained tannins melded with laser-focused acidity deliver impressive length that lingers on the palate.