2014 Leonetti Cellar Reserve

Year: 2014
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 96+
Vinous Media: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
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79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot

"Rich and precise, balancing plush flavors with a firm, refined structure. The blackberry espresso and black olive accents finish with big but polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2019 through 2025. 1,119 cases made.–TF " (WS)

"Even deeper colored, the 2014 Walla Walla Reserve checks in as a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, and 8% Petit Verdot. Its vibrant purple color is followed by sensational notes of crème de cassis, graphite, lead pencil shavings and hints of damp herbs. Rich, full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated, tannic and impeccably balanced, it's unquestionably one of the gems in this vintage. It needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will keep for two decades or more." (WA)

"Bright, deep ruby-red. Less precise on the nose than the Cabernet Sauvignon but riper, offering scents of cassis, black cherry and brambly purple berries complicated by a note of licorice pastille. Wonderfully creamy in the middle, showing more obvious fruit than the Cabernet but with lovely framing energy. Finishes very strong and long, with fully ripe, suave, slowly mounting tannins saturating the entire palate. Figgins included a bit of young-vines fruit from his steep, high-density Serra Pedace planting on rocky soil at 1,450 feet at SeVein. On first taste, this wine impressed with its plushness but it quickly closed down in the glass. It should be long-lived. Figgins noted that some Cabernet Franc can make it into this blend in cool years, but not in 2014." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Always our finest effort and the flagship of Leonetti. The 2014 pours into the glass dark and foreboding. The nose instantly delivers jasmine and white flowers. A second smell and taste reveal tar, asphalt, cassis, bramble fruit, white fir, and dried florals. The palate is seamless with impressive length, polish, and a plush, delicious finish. I’m incredibly proud of this Reserve vintage. liqueur and black olive compote. All the elements of fruit, acidity, and tannin are perfectly balanced, ensuring a lengthy cellaring life if you have the patience to hide it in your cellar.