Leonetti Cellars 2011 Releases

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard sites:  Seven Hills, Loess, Mill Creek Upland

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec

Poured initially out of the bottle, the '11 Cab presents dark black fruit, cedar, and a classic Left Bank Bordeaux nose of fruit, saddle leather, and earth.  It's sizably masculine mouth-feel has great length.  Sweet fruit and gorgeously balanced.  This wine has amazing cellaring capabilities and will reward the patient drinker.

Wine Advocate #207, June 2013, (93-95 pts), Drink 2015-2026: "Across the board, Chris’s 2011s are more linear and supple than the 2010s, without the back-end level of depth or concentration found in that vintage. Already complex and up-front, without the density found in the 2010, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is still gorgeous. Loaded with leafy tobacco, cassis, saddle leather and mineral aromas and flavors, it is ripe, rounded and has sweet tannin on the finish. It should round into form with a year or two of release and have 12-15 years of ultimate longevity." –JD


  • Merlot

Vineyard sites:  Loess, Seven Hills, Mill Creek Upland

Blend: 100% Merlot

Beautiful, deep ruby in color.  2011 was the coolest vintage in the Walla Walla Valley in 20 years.  It was a winemmaker's vintage and one that will forever separate "the men from the boys".  Everything had to be executed to perfection in the vineyard, a feat which Leonetti managed to accomplish.  Merlot, being the earliest variety to ripen, was truly at home in this vintage and produced a wine that resembles the finest Right Bank Claret from Bordeaux.  Such is its leaness, levity, and beauty.  The nose is just loaded with pure red and blue berries, along with floral notes.  Fantastic acid punctuates the lovely finish.

Wine Advocate #207, June 2013, 93 pts, Drink 2013-2023:  "Coming from the estate Loess, Seven Hills and Mill Creek Upland vineyards in Walla Walla, the 2011 Merlot is a superb, plush and yet gorgeously elegant and detailed effort that boasts knockout aromatics of spring flowers, black cherry, plum, licorice and dusty mineral on the nose. Already complex and approachable, it nevertheless has full-bodied richness on the palate, as well as a supple, mouth-filling texture, juicy acidity and no hard edges. Drink it over the coming decade." –JD

Wine Spectator, October 2013, 91 pts, Drink 2015-2020: "Firm in texture, showing pepper and licorice flavors at first, followed by plum and currant fruit that fills in the taut frame. Needs time to soften and unfurl. 2,044 cases made." –HS

Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2013, 93 pts: "Good deep red with ruby highlights.  Sweet aromas of cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, and spice cake.  Sweet, suave, and lush; wonderfully pliant for 2011.  Really saturates the palate with dark berry, dark chocolate, and spice flavors.  Finishes impressively broad and fine-grained, with ripe, mouthcoating tannins and outstanding length.  A very fine and thoroughly satisfying Washington Merlot."  –ST

Wine Enthusiast, July 2013, 93 pts: "This is 100% varietal Merlot, aged 15 months in new and neutral French oak barrels and botti. It’s tangy, sleek and supple, with a spectrum of fruit from cranberry on through blackberry. Tannins are polished and mouth-coating, with substantial power. The finish brings hints of herbs and black olives."  –PG


  • Reserve

Vineyard sites:  Seven Hills, Loess, Mill Creek Upland, Leonetti Old Block

Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc

Dark, saturated, and gorgeous.  Intoxicating nose of fresh flowers, dark red fruit, and a glorious citrus note - a rare find in a Leonetti wine.  There is also a tiny sprinkling of cedar shavings, crème de cassis, and crushed black currant.  Unbelievably vibrant and focused.  The palate is plush and long with a core of sweetness.  Respecting the coolness of the vintage, the acidity is deliciously bright and the tannins low.

Wine Advocate #207, June 2013, (92-94 pts), Drink 2014-2021: "The most unique of the 2011s barrel samples, with a bright, juicy profile that includes loads of black fruit, citrus, assorted wild herbs and floral qualities, the 2011 Reserve hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied, elegant and balanced mouthfeel, sweet tannin and an overall classy personality. Plush, rounded and layered with fruit, it should drink nicely for over a decade." –JD


  • Sangiovese

Vineyard sites:  Seven Hills, Mill Creek Upland

Blend: 87% Sangiovese, 13% Syrah

Beautiful ruby color.  Lovely nose of tart cherry, fresh crushed strwaberries, lanolin, and mixed spring florals.  Its deeply satisfyingly rich palette somehow defies the vintage and is balanced by a deft streak of acid and ultra fine-grained soft tannin.  The harmonious flavors linger forever on the palate.  Chris Figgins, president and winemaker at Leonetti Cellars, believes that this wine is as close in style to a fine vintage Brunello that they have ever accomplished.

Wine Advocate #207, June 2013, (91-93 pts), Drink 2014-2021: "Offering plenty of black cherry, cedar plank, spice box and hints of chocolate, the 2011 Sangiovese is beautifully ripe, layered and has excellent mid-palate density. It’s certainly an outstanding bottle of wine and should be approachable on release and drink nicely for 10-12 years."  –JD


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