This was the first wine of a 10 wine double blind tasting. All raved about it. Final result was #2 WOTN against the likes of 2000 Lafite Rothschild, 2001 Ornellaia, 2005 Schrader, etc. Amazing result of the night was the #1 WOTN, a $5 ringer from Spain. All participants left the dinner contemplating the sale of their cellars.
Fabulous bottle of wine. Silky smooth, and still very vibrant and alive. Butter-like texture with creamed black fruits that coat the tongue and provided a perfect compliment to the steak we had at Capital Grill. A very special bottle of wine, shared with very special friends, that didn't disappoint. How many times when selecting a wine for the evening do you move past some of your top bottles, thinking "Is this the right night?" Too many for me. Glad I pulled the cork on this one.
Deep purple color with a bouquet and flavor of cassis and dust, and with a bit of eucalyptus. Very silky with a soft feeling from the dusty tannins. Nicely nuanced with a good finish. Interesting and extremely enjoyable.
- Crimsom color with medium forming legs and aromas of tobacco, licorice anise and rose. It's balanced and has flavours of tobacco, prune, fig and mushroom with a medium/full body. Satin-Like texture with a long finish - Very good, but most likely over the hill, unless this was a flawed bottle. Fruit was muted and somewhat dry, though still with full mouth feel, with flavors of saddle leather and dried flowers.
The nose had aromas of eucalyptus and black plums. The palate had flavors of mint, eucalyptus, dark cherries and a little note of mocha. Good mouthfeel and a really long finish. This was a fantastic bottle of Leonetti, and really what I really enjoy about WA Cabernet.
Deep, deep purple. Huge sweet nose of cassis, blackberry and oak. Simply a big, big wine with lots and lots of sweet oak -- yet somehow pulls it off due to the purity and delineation of the fruit. Almost unlike any Bordeaux blend I have had, certainly due to the extent of oak but its manifestation is unlike anything I have had before. Certainly not classic or traditional, but much different from modern also -- almost its own thing. Lots of licorice, dark fruit, sweet plums, spice. Different. I am guessing this could be amazing in 5-10 years if the fruit holds up while the oak mellows some.
Wow. Needs decant at this stage. But.. after an hour, about 67 degrees: Young, powerful wine with great concentration, fine tannins, and fruit that bursts through, stains the palate, and occupies your mouth for quite awhile. Wish I had waited for more warmrth and more air but could not resist. Will be great for many a year... Still finishing...Wow!
Humongous amounts of really sweet fruit both on the nose and the palate, but some oak as well. Pretty sure I drank this too young....needs some time for all the components to come together. Hold for a couple years and I'm sure it will be great drinking for 10+ years.
Drank this Saturday night at my grandfather's 87th birthday dinner. I talked my uncle into opening this since I had never had a Leonetti Reserve, just their cab and sangiovese. I think the main problem was that we drank this after an 05 Quilceda (which was fantastic). I know Leonetti can be know for some serious oak treatment, but damn that thing was an oak monster. Oak, cedar box, vanilla cream, cassis, and other red fruits dominated the nose. Luckily, on the palate there was barely enough fruit to make the oak tolerable. I can definitely see how this wine will improve with age as it loses the stranglehold the oak has on it now. There is enough fruit and acid to allow it to develop for ten years. I think we just popped this one way too early. 90pts.
Amongst the best WA cabs I have ever had. At first, the decanted bottle tasted good, but nothing too special, but them it started to open up and unfold. When it did open up it displayed delicious rich fruit with layers of smooth deep flavor. And it just got better and better. Thankfully, I still have two bottles left!
Incredible inky purple color; boysenberry earthy nose; chalky; earthy; bordeaux-like; excellent finish; great structure; once opened, the nose is incredible; the texture was chewy and lush -- this met all expectations.
I cant speak enough about this wine, I have enjoy this wine now on 2 occassions and cant get enough. Took it to a nice italian place went well with everything; pork, duck, chicken, and salad. decanted for about 30 mins, smooth with long study finish, dark berries with earthy tones noted.