2004 Leonetti "Reserve" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1029007 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There are only 670 cases of the 2004 Reserve, a wine composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 11% Petit Verdot (a grape which does amazingly well in the Walla Walla and Columbia Valley AVAs). It spent 22 months in a combination of new French barriques and larger French oak. The aromatics feature pain grille, floral elements (especially violets), truffle, spice box, cassis, and black currants. Supple-textured, dense, and full-flavored, the wine has enough structure for up to a decade of cellaring and should drink well through 2040. (JM)  (8/2007)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

 100% estate grown, this truly exceptional Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot blend opens with angular, vertical fruit flavors, stacked tightly and detailed with citrus, graphite and chalk. The layered mid-palate mixes grape, berry, cherry and plum, sweet and dense. The oak is applied moderately, not dominating as in past Leonetti reserves. It’s a profound wine with a gorgeous, entrancing structure that is barely beginning its evolution. Flavors emerge in surprising succession, like spring wildflowers that pop up overnight. A remarkable achievement, and quite possibly the best wine ever made by Leonetti.  (11/2007)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated, bright ruby. Knockout nose exudes boysenberry, blackberry, espresso bean and bitter chocolate. Wonderfully silky and suave on entry, then lush and full in the middle, with nervy acidity leavening the wine's almost confectionery sweetness. Finishes with huge, broad, building tannins that are outlasted by flavors of dark berries and Belgian chocolate. Figgins told me he marginally prefers the 2003 bottling for its density and intensity, but I wouldn't kick either one out of bed.  (11/2007)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 This is the first Leonetti Reserve to come from a single vineyard: It's 80 percent Cabernet with equal parts Merlot and Petit Verdot from Mill Creek Upland. Chris Figgins says this estate vineyard is one of the coolest sites in Walla Walla, and that may account for the remarkably fresh aromas of cherry and red plum. There's also a foreshadowing of the oak that supports the wine. Its flavors are sleek and precise; the fruit is accented by an herbal note-like tobacco leaves in a cedar chest-and a mouthwatering acidity. Still very young, it should age beautifully, and sing with steak.  (10/2007)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Dark, rich and generous, offering mouthfilling cherry, currant and savory roasted meat flavors. Hints at smoke and spice as the finish persists. A bit tight now, this needs cellaring to polish the hard edges. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best after 2008. 670 cases made.  (9/2007)

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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.
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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. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- 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.