Location: Washington, Walla Walla
A winery with incredible prestige in Washington, Leonetti Cellar was founded in 1977 as Walla Walla’s first winery. Leonetti’s legacy traces back to the Leonetti Farm, first established in 1906 – which became the site where owner Randy Figgins would come to plant his first commercial vineyard in 1974. Leonetti has received international acclaim for their wines since that time, as they have cemented their place as one of the top wineries in Washington State. Superstar winemaker, Chris Figgins, son of Randy Figgins, has been making these impressive wines since 2001. The wines have proven to clearly demonstrate remarkable aging potential, evolving gracefully for decades.
Recently, our associate editor, Dr. Owen Bargreen, had a chance to visit the Leonetti Estate. Similar to our visit to Leonetti last year, this impressive tasting again showcased some simply incredible new releases, but none eclipsing the absolutely scintillating 2014 Leonetti ‘Reserve’ Red Wine, which we awarded 98 points. This majestic and well-structured beauty will cellar beautifully for decades to come. Their 2015 Leonetti Merlot, which is one of the finest in all of Washington.
Below you will find our in-depth tasting notes of the new releases from Leonetti Cellar: