The 2017 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon is a scintillating new wine from this storied Walla Walla estate. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot this wine was aged for twenty two months in a combination of new French oak barrels, once-filled French oak barrels, and neutral oval botti. Sourced from the Seven Hills, Loess, Holy Roller and Mill Creek Upland vineyards, the Cabernet opens with sandalwood aromatics that mingle with suggestions of dark chocolate covered espresso bean, creosote and wild blackberry cobbler that all take shape in the glass. The seamless texture is truly gorgeous, as layers of black fruits combine with dark chocolate and tar flavors, with nice silty undertones. Vibrant minerality and light tannins frame this expressive new effort. A delight to savor even at this stage, the 2017 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon will enjoy an exceedingly long life ahead of it. If enjoying over the next several years, be sure to give this at least a two hour decant before enjoying.
||Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley