The goal with Leonetti Reserve is simple – produce the finest wine our Walla Walla Valley vineyards are capable of producing regardless of varietal, creating a wine whose peers come only from the finest vineyards in the world. We can confidently say that the 2005 meets this billing. Having a beautiful saturated color, the wine’s nose is enchanting with a complex potpourri of rich, ripe sweet black fruits, plum, and spicebox with hints of beautiful herbs de Provence. The palate of the wine is structured with fine-grained smooth tannins and notes of mineral, crème cassis, and finishes very long with monumental purity.
This wine will drink wonderfully upon release, but has only begun to show its merits to be revealed with some cellar time. Cabernet sauvignon dominates the blend as usual, with merlot providing some aromatic lift and palate rounding, and petit verdot providing power, plum and black fruits, and agebility. Dry years really favor our Mill Creek Upland Vineyard, and in ’05 this vineyard performed so well that it makes up the entire blend.
This wine will undoubtedly become know as one of the finest Leonetti wines ever.
"The 2005 Reserve is made up of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, and 17% Merlot. It was aged in new French barriques and a large oval botti for 22 months. Deep purple-colored, the wine presents aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, scorched earth, black currant, plum, and blackberry liqueur. The wine makes a powerful entry onto the palate with great concentration, serious depth, and opulence. The flavors reveal spicy, savory black fruits with a note of chocolate in the background. Long and complex, this superb Reserve is another tour de force for Leonetti Cellar. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it from 2015 to 2030. Founded in 1978 by Gary Figgins, Leonetti Cellar remains a benchmark Washington winery. Shortly the winery will be in a position to achieve its goal of producing all of its wines from estate-grown Walla Walla vineyards. Gary’s son Chris has taken over much of the day-to-day operation of the winery and in particular the viticultural component." -Jay Miller
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