2002 Leonetti "Reserve" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1014479 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 If any wine can elevate Leonetti’s stunning Cabernet to yet another level, it is this astonishing blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 17% Petit Verdot, all from estate vineyards. Sweet plum, blueberry and blackberry fruits are seamlessly married to layers of different flavored chocolates. Silky and supple, it uses oak as a sensual enhancement, but the wood flavors of mocha, nuts, butter and toast are so beautifully smoothed into the fruit that they are never intrusive. (PG)  (12/2005)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Pure, floral aromas of black cherry, plum, cassis and minerals, with complicating notes of tobacco, tar, pepper and licorice. Suave on entry, then fat, dense and backward. Very firmly structured wine that's youthfully tight and sharply focused. Not a bigger wine than the cabernet, but its cut and clarity are exhilarating. The flavors of cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice and flowers outlast the wine's firm, fine-grained tannins. Superb. An outstanding showing for this year's crop of red wine releases from Leonetti. 93+ Points (ST)  (12/2005)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Gary and Chris Figgins of Leonetti have a way of infusing Walla Walla character with French structure. Consider this blend of cabernet, merlot and a healthy percentage of petit verdot from Mill Creek Upland and Seven Hills Vineyards. The flavors and scents are pure Walla Walla-the leafy notes, the minerality, the ferrous, earthy elements and cigar-box spice, all informed with pristine red berry fruit and coddled by a generous but not overdone oak component. But it's the way these elements fit together, how they build upon one another almost vertically that give the wine its stature, the dimension and grandeur of great Bordeaux. It's still very young; cellar it, then decant and serve with a dry-aged steak.  (10/2005)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe, rich, mouthfilling stuff packs in enormous depth of dark plum, black cherry and tarry spice flavors, lingering against a touch of earth on the long, expansive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. (HS)  (10/2005)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The blackberry, spice, and tar aromas of the 2002 Reserve lead to a medium to full-bodied character. This 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 17% Petit Verdot assemblage regales the palate with cassis, black raspberry, and dark cherry flavors in a sweet, pure format before revealing a plethora of firm tannin in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019. 91+ Points (PR)  (4/2006)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.