2015 Leonetti Cellar Reserve

Year: 2015
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 94+
James Suckling: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 98
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
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63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Malbec, 8% Merlot

"Pairs great structure with richness and polish, offering expressive blackberry, allspice and bay leaf flavors that fan out and linger toward refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. Drink now through 2026. -T.F." (WS)

"Quite different in profile to the Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Walla Walla Reserve offers up a rich bouquet of ripe blackberries, pencil shavings, cardamom and sweet soil. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and lavishly textured, with an ample core of fruit that initially conceals its firm chassis of abundant structuring tannins. Those tannins, however, assert themselves on the chewy, richly fruity finish, so this bottling will require 3 or 4 years of patience. It's a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Malbec and 8% Merlot." (WA)

"Bright medium-deep red. Sappy scents of black cherry, purple berries and cinnamon. Sweet, lush and concentrated but with surprising acidity and high notes of lavender and violet providing lift to the sappy black cherry and purple berry fruit. Really wonderfully smooth wine with shocking lift and freshness for a 2015. And downright penetrating on the back end, finishing with a firm tannic spine and terrific lift and length." (VM)

"Love the licorice and asphalt character to the dark fruits. It's full-bodied, layered and chewy. Shows focus and structure. Blackened orange peel, too. Blend of 63% cabernet sauvignon, 29% malbec and 8% merlot. Better in 2021." (JS)

"The 2015 Reserve is a borderline perfect wine. Made from 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Malbec, and 8% Merlot, its vibrant purple color is followed by a gorgeous nose of crème de cassis, graphite, scorched earth, liquid violets, and charcoal. Full-bodied, deep, voluptuously textured and layered, with sweet tannin, this incredible beauty stays pure and elegant on the palate, with perfect balance. It's going to drink nicely for two decades as well.

This was another terrific lineup from winemaker Chris Figgins, who never seems to miss a step. Both of his Cabernet Sauvignon releases are brilliant wines that check-in near the top of the vintage, but readers also shouldn’t miss his straight Merlot and Sangiovese." (JD)

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