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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 13 
TypeRed
ProducerLeonetti Cellar (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationReserve
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2023 (based on 13 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leonetti Cellar Red Reserve on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.3 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 24 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by johnnyo on 5/3/2015 & rated 96 points: Walla Walla at its best! Fantastic wine! (201 views)
 Tasted by Don and Pam on 10/26/2014 & rated 95 points: Happy Anniversary treat. this has been laying down for 7 years and would have stood longer. A real joy. (999 views)
 Tasted by chcampbe on 5/31/2014 & rated 93 points: Great wine, but not as good as I expected from Leonetti's reputation and prince. (1436 views)
 Tasted by "H" on 12/8/2013: Terrific cab that is hard to beat. (1992 views)
 Tasted by dpolivy on 3/19/2013: More savory nose with dried fruit and herbs. Wow, such an elegant and soft body, with a nice backbone of acid. Super fine tannins and a lengthy finish complete the package. Nicely integrated, though it seems to be fading fast and a bit oxidized for its age. Perhaps a slightly off bottle? (1734 views)
 Tasted by pdemaio on 3/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Fading fast. Seems like a big jump from this tothe 10 (or even the 9 cab). Fruit is dying. Oxidation on the palate. Tannins still powerful. Some veggies. PDQ92 (3337 views)
 Tasted by aligaray on 12/17/2012 & rated 96 points: complex, rich and fruity (2222 views)
 Tasted by shiel on 11/18/2012 & rated 92 points: Drank at my daughter's wedding.
Didn't stand out among the Napa Cabs. (2462 views)
 Tasted by ChiefNose on 3/9/2012 & rated 97 points: I like this BIG TIME. Tasted side by side with Diamond Creek Vulcanic Hill 2008, and to my surprise I preferred this. A loooong nose with black Currants, vanilla (perfectly dosed) smoke. A taste that continued for more than a minute, fresh forrest, fruity, smooth. A great wine (3353 views)
 Tasted by jlambeth on 12/27/2010: Gift to Juli H. (4608 views)
 Tasted by Renegade on 10/23/2010 & rated 95 points: This wine has a deep dark purple color to it, it is a heavy bodied wine and has high alcohol at 14.7%. It gives off aromas of cassis, blackberry, earth, cedar and floral aromas. It tastes of cassis, blackberries, some earth and a little tobacco. This was decanted for 10 hours, and as it decanted more a slight hint of mint came into the aroma. What is impressive about this wine, in spite of the high alcohol, you would never pick it up when drinking it. For a high alcohol wine, they did a good job. I would say this wine needs at least 5 years in the cellar before it will really become an excellent wine. My drinking window for this wine, 2015 to 2022. I know the ageability window in the notes for Cellar Tracker(if you click the wine at the top of the notes) states this wine will go until the year 2029; however I just can not see this wine going that long. My analysis is that this wine will be at its best at 10 to 15 years at the most from vintage date. (4357 views)
 Tasted by Redteeth on 4/11/2010: Winemaker notes; Spring 2010 - Our Reserve is as dark as they come. The nose opens with an intense cassis, broadens into a bouquet of complex florals, and on second sniffs, reveals cedar, smoke, black fruit compote and earth. Its just an enchantingly complex nose. On the palate its no less gratifying - incredibly dense, but with wonderfully supple tannins. A glycerin-like sweetness, and incredible length. This wine will reward the patient drinker who can hide it in some corner of their cellar (4775 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2010, IWC Issue #153
(Leonetti Cellars Reserve Red Wine Walla Walla Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
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Leonetti Cellar

Producer website

For more than 30 years, the Figgins Family has been producing wines of consistently high quality at Leonetti Cellar, which was bonded in 1977 by Founders Gary and Nancy Figgins. What started as Gary’s vision to make world-class wines in Walla Walla has turned out to be a true American success story. Today, Leonetti Cellar produces some of the most sought after wines in the world.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

Reserve

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USA

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Washington

Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Wineries
With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Growers
Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

Regions
As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Varieties
Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Walla Walla Valley

The name translates as easily as it rolls off the tongue: Walla Walla. Many Waters. To the earliest Native tribes, the many waters came from the nearby Blue Mountains and gathered to form the Walla Walla River on its way to join the Columbia to the west. The waters flowed first; however, into a fair-sized Valley carved in the mountain's foothills, and bordered in part by the terrain of what is known as the Columbia Plateau. Tribal members knew the Valley's generally milder climate could maintain their people in winter villages. There were lush wild grasses which could sustain horses and attract game from the winter snows of the nearby Blues, or from the giant high plateau that becomes desolate and dangerous during the cold season. The rolling terrain and numerous watersheds offered protection from nature and other hazards of the day. Here the water was plentiful and full of fish and seldom froze, even in the coldest years. The meadows were wonderful places to gather with other people to trade, compete and celebrate treaties. Compared to the region around them, the Walla Walla Valley was a safe refuge from the treacherous conditions which can often be found during the winter for hundreds of miles around. In this unique growing region, most of the earliest records of grapes and winemaking reference the Italians who had immigrated here in the mid to late 1800's and who brought with them their tradition of growing, making and drinking wine. Vines with these origins still exist in the Valley today. The first post-prohibition winery was Blue Mountain Vineyards. It was bonded in 1950 by the Pesciallo family where they produced Black Prince and other Italian varietal wines for a period of several years before succumbing to economics and climate. To the wine world of today, Walla Walla has become know for the quality and style of its red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with Syrah gaining notoriety in recent years. In the1970's, the pioneers of today's wine community began to think similar thoughts: that the Walla Walla Valley, with its long history of fruit growing, moderate climate, wine-making heritage, and interesting terrain might just be a place to grow vines and make wine on a commercial scale. These pioneers of the region applied for and received approval of the Walla Walla Valley as a unique American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1984. It was the third in Washington State and also includes a portion of land in Oregon. In the time leading to the recognition of the appellation, four wineries had been bonded starting with Leonetti Cellar, and shortly thereafter, Woodward Canyon. L'Ecole Nº 41 and Waterbrook soon followed. In addition to the smaller vineyards that were being planted, the Valley's first large-scale, commercial vineyard Seven Hills was established. By the time the BATF recognized the Walla Walla Valley AVA, the Valley was beginning to gain attention from within the wine industry, as well as attracting publicity from journalists and media outside the region. The foundation for today’s industry had been laid and the benchmark for quality had been set. In addition, fruit from the area was now being harvested and a baseline for understanding the local growing conditions was being constructed. Every few years another winery would join the fold and take up the challenge of producing the highest quality wine and the growing of outstanding fruit. Seven Hills Winery and Patrick M. Paul each got their start during this time. More vines were added, although acreage increases were small each year. The industry was small and everyone knew everyone else involved, while the welcome mat remained out for any newcomers. Growers and winemakers alike regularly shared time in the cellar or at the table and together learned more about wines and vines. By 1990 there were just six wineries and the Valley's grape acreage stood at perhaps 100 acres. The total collective production of wine was microscopic by any measure, but it was the quality that was being noticed by many inside and outside the trade. As the tiny trickle of wine produced in the Walla Walla AVA began to flow to the outside world, a "wine renaissance" was beginning to happen globally. The Pacific Northwest had staked a claim in this new wine world and as people learned about the region, they also began to hear about Walla Walla. This interest spread rapidly to those with Walla Walla connections. The early 1990s saw the planting of more vines and the establishment of another large-scale vineyard, Pepper Bridge. At the same time, a group of local investors, working closely with the Napa based Chalone Wine group, laid the foundation for Canoe Ridge Vineyard, the Valley's first winery supported in part by a major outside investor. As the industry has grown, many new wineries have gotten their start in the arms of an established winery. Waterbrook Winery's modern production facility started the trend, sharing space, equipment, and any help needed. Other wineries also adopted “extra guests,” a practice that has helped form close, personal relationships throughout the local industry. By the turn of the new century, the Walla Walla Valley wine industry had 22 wineries and 800 acres of grapes. In the year 2000 the AVA had been expanded back to the original boundaries proposed in the1984 application. The year 2000 also saw the formation of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance with 100% of the Valley's wineries and 98% of the Valley's planted acreage represented. Today, more than 60 Walla Walla Valley wineries and more than 1,200 acres of Walla Walla Valley grapes contribute to the ever growing, international acclaim garnered by the wines of this newly-emerging region of Washington State.

 
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