Leonetti Cellar was founded in 1977 by Gary and Nancy Figgins. Leonetti, along with Quilceda Creek and Woodward Canyon put premium Washington Cabernet Sauvignon on the radar of wine consumers across the United States. Leonetti also produces one of the very best domestic Merlots. Chris Figgins is now in charge of the winemaking.
Crimson in color. 14.4% ABV. Breathtaking nose of black fruits, Whitman Sampler box and toasty oak. Plush and rich with exceptional balance. Cassis liqueur, currants, blackberries and cocoa on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish with the silkiest of tannins. Just a glorious bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Leonetti that has aged beautifully. Best over the next several years.
My rating: 95 points.
Leonetti was one of my very first mailing lists. Twenty years later I am still a buyer and the wines are better than ever. The winery has done an exceptional job at holding the line on prices. Although the mailing list is full and the waiting list is long the wine is readily available at retail in late March so look for the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2017 Merlot next Spring.