2012 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Sangiovese
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The finest vintage of this cuvee to date, the 2012 Walla Walla Sangiovese exhibits brilliant black cherry, dusty spice, leather and crushed herb-like qualities to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered, exceedingly pure profile on the palate. The blend here is 80% Sangiovese, 12% Syrah and 8% Aglianico, all of which spent 22 months in neutral puncheons and oval botti. I don’t have much experience with track record of this variety, but I’ve no doubt this will continue to evolve nicely for at least another decade. (JD)
(aged for 22 months in neutral oak): Bright red. A perfumed rose petal quality provides lovely lift to the red cherry and raspberry aromas. Juicy, lively and intense, showing superb clarity and penetration to its dried cherry and spice flavors. A wonderfully vibrant Washington Sangiovese with firm tannins and terrific lingering fruits and spices. The 8% Aglianico component from Serra Pedace vineyard in SeVein was planted in 2010; Chris Figgins will eventually bottle this fruit on its own. (ST)
Broad and spicy, with green olive and pepper overtones to the dark swirl of cherry and chocolate notes at the core, playing against firm tannins as the finish lingers impressively.