@Grand Hyatt Kauai Popped and let breathe for ~2hrs. Rich black fruit aroma with hints of graphite, char, and vanilla on the nose. Ripe black cherries up front, followed by clove and fennel. Wine continued to develop over the next 2.5hrs, eventually yielding an intriguing soy sauce/umami character on the finish. Very refined mouthfeel, unctious and savory. Tannins are starting to yield, but still tight and high acidity, this wine has a long life ahead of it - at least another 5 years. Excellent! Try again in 2016.
Youthful garnet to purple color for a 7 year-old wine, but it's lost most of it opacity. Nose of savory blue and black fruits. Bright acidity on the palate, with a red and dark fruit flavor profile. Firm but fine tannins, medium+ to full-bodied. At this stage, it improves significantly with time in the glass and/or decanting. Plenty of structure left to keep going, but my guess is best from 2015 to 2018(+?).
Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of pepper, violets, currants, raspberries and plums. Flavors of plums, raspberries, boysenberries and berries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.
Lithe muscularity rather than brawn. So well structured & harmonious that it seemed to want for complexity. That's a non-quibble however because this was a perfect companion with a dinner of classic French cuisine done in a modern style.
- Garnet color with medium forming legs. It's balanced and has flavours of black currant with a medium/full body. Smooth texture with a medium finish - Drank with Mitch on the boat after playing in the Portland/Waverley vs Broadmore/Seattle match.
This was wonderful...young, but a wonderful treat with tenderloins for Father's Day dinner. Lot of oak, but beautifully balanced. This will cellar for a long time to come. None left to sample tonight, but don't be afraid to open now...terrific bottle.
This wine was in good shape with lots of structure and mature fruit. I decantedwas glad I did so. In fact. I should have let it sit longer.there seem to be a lot of oak tannins and the wine was a bit tight initially.
How disappointing. Opened the bottle tonight and it was corked. Bought this wine at auction from Brentwood online auction site so not too happy. Opened a second bottle, and it was what I expected. Complex. Beautiful tannins. All that I expect from Leonetti.
OMGBOA! Interpretation: I decanted wine 2 hours before guests arrived. Took a sneak taste, before letting it sit. It was fabulous. But after 2 hours we poured the wine with dinner, we toasted and we all took a sip. We then all stared at each other and said "oh my God, better open another". Rich, explosive perfect balance of berries, deep ripe cherry, and bold tannins. Starts and ends perfectly.
This wine was tasted unblinded from the Vintage Wines, Ltd. wine bar. Opaque purple in color, the nose is explosive with aromas of black currants, cedar, clove, licorice and cocoa. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity and huge, slightly dry tannins. The flavor profile is a potpourri which lines up with the nose. The oak is generous but fairly well-integrated and the middle palate is rock-solid. Long, slightly dry finish. A couple of years in the cellar will likely soften the hard edges on the tannins. Drink 1/13-12/22.
The best Leonetti I've tasted. Usually not a fan as these puppies need so much time to integrate the oak and tannin. This wine certainly had the oak but plenty of fruit to at least almost make me forget about it. Lots of spice, vanilla, oak on the nose but also heavy doses of dark berries. Chocolate, mocha, and more dark berries on the palate. I'd say give it 5 years and it could be really good. 91 pts.
Wow- and wow. Decanted 5+ hours. Totally expressive on the bouquet- floral, tea, perfume, red fruit. Rich and lush on the palate with silky red fruit, mineral, pepper, and spice. Develops depth through the mid-palate into the finish. Firmly structured and ending long. I'd love to be on the receiving end of this wine in 10 or 15 years.
Winemaker notes - Spring 2010 - 2007 is regarded in Washington as a monumental vintage. it was just a perfect vintage cover to cover, with tiny, intense berries. Our Cabernet is very dark to the rim and has a complex aroma of cinnamon toast, red and black fruits, Christmas spices nutmeg, coffee, and a hint of gun powder. On the palate it has very long, fine-grained, slightly chalky tannins, perfect acid and balance, and a beautiful glycerin feeling that gives it tremendous length in its finish.