Sunday, January 4, 2009

Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley, 1999

Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley, 1999

This was one of the many top shelf wines we opened on New Years Eve as part of our wine and food extravaganza. Leonetti Cellars has a reputation of being one of the top wineries in Washington State and has almost cult status due to the difficulty finding their wines and an unblemished record over the past 20 years. We had cellared this wine for the past 5-6 years and one of our New Years resolutions was to drink more of the fine wines we have been saving. Below is a picture of our "line-up" for New Years Eve, plus we opened a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne, 1993, at the crack of midnight. The Leonetti Cabernet was a lovely wine that continued to evolve in the glass as the evening went along. The wine has a deep ruby color with a complex bouquet packed with black fruit, coffee and licorice and some smoky oak. The wine delivers a broad mouthful of fruit with cherry and cassis. This is a full bodied wine with fine dusty tannins and subtle acidity. The fruit is followed by flavors of espresso, licorice, tar and vanilla. This wine is smooth, silky and well balanced and has a long elegant finish. Current vintages of this Leonetti wine sell for about $100, making it one of the higher priced Washington State reds. For my money I would rather invest in Gorman, Matthews of Alexandria Nicole Cabernet for about half the price!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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I'm just getting started in wine, I love reds!