2011 Leonetti "Reserve" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend
Bright, dark ruby-red. I might have identified this as a white wine from the nose, which offers citrus and gooseberry aromas lifted by a floral topnote. Then pure and intense in the mouth, with an element of citrus zest, suggestions of tropical fruits and a strong sour cherry candy quality that reminded me of a top Pomerol. Very densely packed, savory and dry, with strong acidity giving it a light touch. The wine’s serious tannic spine calls for extended cellaring. A singular wine with great eclat--but will it ever surpass the estate’s flagship Cabernet bottling? (ST)
Refined, elegant and expressive, popping with juicy currant and blackberry fruit and shaded with hints of allspice, black pepper and bay leaf, lingering harmoniously on an open texture. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2026.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Reserve is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc that spent 20 months in once-filled French oak barrels. Offering more black cherry, black currant, licorice, tobacco and spring flower-like qualities on the nose, this serious 2011 has fantastic mid-palate depth, integrated acidity and a medium to full-bodied, seamless and elegant personality that’s hard to resist. It too will drink beautifully through 2031. (JD)
Two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, this reserve is aromatically distinctive. A suggestion of grapefruit in the underlying acidity outlines pretty boysenberry, mulberry and sweet spices. It’s beautifully balanced.