2013 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Sangiovese
(bottled in July of 2015): Bright red-ruby. Redcurrant, raspberry, spices and a whiff of leather on the perfumed, high-toned nose and palate; very Sangiovese. Captivating, savory wine that combines a creaminess in the mid-palate with a very firm tannic spine and terrific finishing grip. Lovely New World Sangiovese with character. Chris Figgins described 2013 and 2014 as "pretty much identical vintages, although 2014 was a more even growing season, with fewer heat spikes." Both vintages, he said, had "good acidity considering their warmth. The 2013s are a bit angular while the "14s are more user-friendly wines." Incidentally, Figgins told me that he's not afraid to water back his musts in hot years, "but not with Seven Hills fruit, which typically matures in terms of flavor and phenolics at fairly low sugars so it's not necessary." Figgins added that Seven Hills fruit shows "a more feminine profile" that he believes would be damaged by any dilution. (ST)
Winemaker notes: "Every year I realize that Sangiovese, besides being my favorite grape to cultivate, is a variety that qualitatively respects vine age and thus expresses its beauty finer every year. As our vines now average almost 20 years in age, the resultant wines are becoming extraordinary. The ’13 is loaded with cranberry, black cherry, pomegranate, and notes of white tea. The palate is so incredibly refreshing and will complement almost any food. My favorite thing about Sangiovese is how it is able to possess power with levity…a quality I find in all the finest wines of the world and constantly pursue in my own wines."