2010 Leonetti "Reserve" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even better than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon, with additional richness and texture, yet without any added weight or heaviness, the perfect 2010 Reserve is comprised of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 9% Malbec that spent 22 months in new and used French oak. Inky purple in color and gorgeously rich and pure, it slowly gives up notions of smoked black currants, espresso, liquid flower, licorice and graphite that flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, plush and seamless 2010 that is perfectly balanced, has no hard edges and an incredible finish. It's a monumental bottle of wine that will drink well at an early age, yet age effortlessly for two decades or more. Drink now-2030. (JD)
Leonetti's 2010 Reserve includes 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 9% Malbec—a more complex blend than the 2009. It opens with a lovely floral aroma—a bouquet of clover and white flowers—then heads for the dark side, with black cherry and cassis. It's a big, tannic wine, beautifully crafted, and clearly differentiated from the winery's regular Cabernet bottling.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby-red. Cassis, licorice and bitter chocolate aromas are complicated by tobacco, menthol and spicecake and lifted by a floral topnote. Large-scaled and superripe, with a more obvious glyceral sweetness than the 2010 Cabernet. This remarkably voluminous yet lively and balanced blend shows captivating spicy lift to its dark berry, black cherry and chocolate flavors. The slowly building, very long finish shows huge, tooth-dusting tannins that seem a bit rougher than those of the Cabernet, but this wine just needs an extended snooze in a cool cellar. 94+ (ST)
Dark, brooding, polished and focused, with green olive and bay leaf accents to the dark berry and licorice flavors, lingering against a swarm of refined tannins on the extended finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec.