Leonetti Cellar Reserve Walla Walla Valley 2017 (Columbia Valley, Washington) - [JD 97+ &

Leonetti Cellar Reserve Walla Walla Valley 2017
(Columbia Valley, Washington) - [JD 97+ & #75 of Top 100 of 2020]

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Notes from the Winemaker:
Richly colored ruby to the rim. Bolder than the Cabernet bottling, our flagship wine boasts a brilliant bouquet of baking spices, rising dough, and brambleberry pie. Cabernet Sauvignon forms the wonderful foundation and aromatics of this wine. Petit Verdot makes up almost a third of this blend and contributes a phenomenal duet of power and elegance. I often describe Petit Verdot as “the rails” upon which the other varietals rest because of the linear way it strikes the palate. Malbec brings laser-like focus and breadth to the overall fruit profil

Aging: 22 months in new French oak barrels, once-filled French oak barrels, and neutral oval botti

Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Petit Verdot and 10% Malbec

Ratings & Reviews

97+ Points & #75 of Top 100 of 2020 - Jeb Dunnuck:

"I had two off bottles of the 2017 Reserve, both showing huge volatile acidity, yet I had two great bottles as well, which are represented by this note. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Petit Verdot, and 10% Malbec, all aged 22 months in new barrels (as well as some neutral oval botti), it reveals a stunning bouquet of lead pencil shavings, toasty oak, incense, and dried tobacco, and it’s complex, nuanced, and layered aromatically. There’s not a hard edge to be found in this deep purple-hued effort, which offers the essence of blackberry liqueur fruits as well as full-bodied richness, beautiful concentration, and an opulent, expansive, yet precise mouthfeel. Made in a more elegant style than the 2015 and not far off the magical 2016, it’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and should have 3-4 decades of overall longevity." - Jeb Dunnuck (4/15/2020)