A Washington State Icon Scores Big in the Wine Advocate:
Leonetti has long been the yardstick by which Washington State Cabernet and Merlot has been measured and we are thrilled with the quality of the recently released 2012 Walla Walla Cabernet and Merlot.
2012 Leonetti Walla Walla Cabernet...$99.99
The 2012 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon is similar to the Reserve, yet slightly more elegant and streamlined at present. Made from 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that spent 22 month in new and once-used French oak, it exhibits terrific aromatics of leafy herbs, spring flowers, violets, lead pencil shavings and ample cassis and black raspberry-style fruit. Full-bodied, seamless and perfectly balanced, with a stacked mid-palate and building tannin, it’s another candidate for short-term cellaring and will have 2-3 decades of overall longevity.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate
2012 Leonetti Walla Walla Merlot...$85.99
The 2012 Merlot, which was already in bottle at the time of this tasting, offers an elegant, yet sexy style, with gorgeous black raspberry and creme de cassis fruit, toast, dried spices and licorice, with hints of background tobacco and green herbs, all emerging from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, plump, pure and layered, with a fabulous texture and a big finish, it’s a beautiful wine to drink over the coming decade or more.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate