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2005 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1037772 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 The Cabernet is sharply defined, with interesting citrus flavors defining the borders of the fruit. Lemon peel, candied pineapple and even grapefruit add lovely grace notes indicative of rich, clean, natural acids and a wine with plenty of glycerin. The stunning red fruits are polished and backed with details such as dried herb, and a tiny hint of mint. This may well be the most ageworthy Leonetti Cabernet ever made. *Best Wines of 2008 - Cellar Selection* (PG)  (12/2008)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon includes 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 4% Carmenere, and 2% Malbec in the blend. Purple-colored, it offers up notes of pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, black currants, and plum. It conceals enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years and the wine admirably balances power and elegance. Drink it from 2014 to 2030. Founded in 1978 by Gary Figgins, Leonetti Cellar remains a benchmark Washington winery. Shortly the winery will be in a position to achieve its goal of producing all of its wines from estate-grown Walla Walla vineyards. Gary's son Chris has taken over much of the day-to-day operation of the winery and in particular the viticultural component. (JM)  (6/2008)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright red-ruby. Tight aromas of cassis, black cherry, coffee and smoky oak. Deep, rich and powerful but youthfully brooding today in spite of its lovely sweetness of fruit. This really builds on the back end, finishing with a strong cocoa powder note and substantial dusty tannins. (ST)  (12/2008)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and generous, this isn't a big wine, but it's beautifully focused to show its currant, blueberry, black cherry and dusky spice flavors, with a dusty note wafting through the gorgeously fashioned finish. Tannins are present, but they don't get in the way. (HS)  (12/2008)

K&L Notes

The 2005 vintage in Walla Walla was very dry, which left the vines to struggle--and, as they say, vines love a good struggle. Ultimately, 2005 was a banner vintage for the region, producing concentrated, flavorful, long-lived wines. This outstanding effort offers cassis, pine pitch and cedar aromas beneath high-toned flora and tart cranberry and blackberry notes. Juicy acidity and elegant fruit balanced by perfectly ripe, well-integrated tannins will keep this wine fresh for years. A must for any serious collector of Cabernet. Highly allocated.

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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.

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.


- 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.