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2009 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Sangiovese

SKU #1154333 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A truly lovely and engaging nose bears scents of cherries, raspberries and exotic spices. It seems Italian in style, but with New World ripeness and power. A fine example of a domestic Super Tuscan-style wine. *Editors' Choice* (PG) Inner quote mark (9/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I confess that my heart sinks a bit whenever I read the name of this grape variety on an American wine label because I've tasted one disappointment after another, but the Leonetti 2009 Sangiovese transported me smilingly straight to Tuscany before gently reminding me that it had a distinctly delicious personality, thank you, needing no Old World validation...Roasted chestnut, game, violet, and lightly-cooked cherry rise from the glass, then inform a palate whose sense of tannic grit is not at all coarse but sufficient to add invigoration and almost certainly enhance this wine's adaptability at table. While I strongly suspect that low-level brett is responsible for some of the personality on exhibit here - and in consequence I'd monitor stocks carefully if planning to cellar any - it, for now, in no way lacks for lip-smacking primary juiciness that extends all the way through a vibrant, saliva-liberating finish. (DS) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good bright deep red. Lively aromas of strawerry and raspberry. Tight, juicy and on the lean side, but with excellent cut to the blueberry and strawberry flavors. This very young wine is currently dominated by its firm tannic spine but should expand with several years of bottle aging. Chris Figgins told me that 2009 brought a huge crop, noting that 'a lot of '09s show tea leaf and dried fruit character due to machine harvesting.' He left 35% of his fruit hanging on the vines after the sharp frost on October 10, when the temperature plunged to 24 degrees. (ST) 90+ Inner quote mark (12/2012)

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