Holy smokes, is this Cabernet Sauvignon terrific! Another near-perfect showing with loads of cassis, camphor, spice and violets on a bed of oak. Full-bodied, rich, and dense with pure fruit and powerful style. Dunnuck puts it in the top two Bordeaux blends of the vintage while Suckling keeps it simple with one word: Yum. This promises to be very long-lived, so lock it down and lock it away – you’ll be glad you did!
Leonetti's founder, Gary Figgins, got his start as a winemaker in 1974. All he had was an acre of Cabernet Sauvignon, a bit of Riesling, a hillside above his grandparents' original homestead in Walla Walla, and the memories of the diluted thimblefuls of homemade wine his grandparents, Francis and Rose Leonetti, served him during his childhood. Completely self-taught, Gary's pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps success story is the kind we can't get enough of, and we're not alone - Leonetti has built a reputation for producing some of Washington's most age-worthy red wines. Today, Gary's son Chris serves as President and Winemaking Director for Leonetti. Under his guidance, they're farming fruit in several sub-regions of the Walla Walla Valley, all of which have almost desert like climates and 13,000-year-old Loess soils. Chris feels these sites and soil types are perfect for growing truly age-worthy red wines. They're also committed to farming in a way that will preserve this precious bit of earth for future generations. Their guiding premise after nearly 40 years of winemaking remains focused on producing wines that exceed the previous years' in both quality and character. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work, but this family is up to the task.
Lots of cassis, camphor, spice, and violets notes as well as background oak emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is all Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 22 months in new barrels. With full-bodied richness, awesome purity of fruit, and a powerful, mouthfilling style, it's in the top two or three Bordeaux blends in the vintage. Give this remarkable 2017 3-5 years of bottle age, longer if you can, and it's going to be very long-lived.