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2015 Leonetti Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1369630 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The blackcurrant and blueberry aromas are impressive with hints of mint. Full-bodied, yet tight and composed with plenty of tight, ripe tannins and a flavorful finish. So beautiful to taste now but will pay big dividends in four or five years. Try in 2022. Inner quote mark (5/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The classic 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc that spent 22 months in new, once-used and neutral oak. Its purple/blue color is followed by fabulous notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil, tobacco, and graphite. Deep, rich, and opulent, with a sexy, full-bodied, incredibly pure style, it's already impossible to resist but is going to keep for two decades. Drink: 2018-2038. Inner quote mark (4/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2015 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon opens in the glass with a lovely bouquet of crushed blackcurrants, dark plums, mocha and a subtle framing of expensive new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and richly tannic, with good energy to its crunchy core of nicely concentrated fruit and a youthfully chewy, fine-grained finish. The tannic fist of the vintage does make itself felt, but by no means as assertively as in the 2015 Sangiovese. So, while this is never going to be the most elegant vintage of the Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon, it should reward 2 or 3 years in the cellar and drink well for a decade thereafter. (WK) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Aromas of musky black raspberry and bitter chocolate. Wonderfully sweet, fat and deep; a ripe, spicy fruit bomb of a Cabernet, with plush, concentrated raspberry fruit carrying through to a very long finish featuring refined tannins. Chris Figgins noted that the harvest in 2015 was very early (he started picking his Merlot on August 26, the first time he has harvested this fruit before Labor Day), but that a lot of the growing season's heat units were accumulated after the harvest, noting that 1998 and 2009 yielded "a hotter style of wines." (ST) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Blended with 12% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, this sophisticated wine shows its pedigree, with cocoa, anise, black tea, mint, black cherry, dried herb, bittersweet chocolate and flower aromas. The fruit seems ever so slightly dried out, with surprisingly restrained flavors, considering the warmth of the vintage, and a tight core of tannin that needs time to unwind. Red and black fruit flavors linger effortlessly on the finish. (SS) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Refined and impressively built, with blackberry, bay leaf and clove flavors that take on depth and richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025. (TF) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

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