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Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2005

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One of the rarest wines in the entire Northwest. A real collectors item. We only have a few bottles left.Vintage Notes: As 2005 eased from winter into spring, Mother Nature made the news asshe left us with very dry soils and the Blue Mountains with little snowpack heading into the growing season. The vintages drought made forthrifty vines with small, intensely flavored and colored berries. After a typically hot and dry summer, the harvest weather was generallycooler than normal, extending the clusters hang time and allowing us topick at perfect maturity. 2005 may well prove to be THE landmarkvintage for Washington wines. 05 is also the first year weveharvested fruit from our Loess estate vineyard and what a great yearto debut grapes from this special site on the hillside east of thewinery its contribution to the blend is very exciting for us. Winemaker notes:This very dark wine has classic Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignonelements of cassis, pine tar and cedar, crushed red and black fruits,cranberries, and bright, high-tone floral notes. The palate is lushand fat yet elegant, balanced by wonderful acidity, and finishes withperfectly ripe tannin that carries the wine across the palate. Vineyards in this Wine Mill Creek Upland, Loess, Seven Hills, and Pepper Bridge. 100% Walla Walla Valley. Aging Profile Aged in new and second fill French and American oak barrels for 22 months. Blending Detail Cabernet Sauvignon 83%, Merlot 8%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Carmenere 4%, Malbec 2%. Production Two thousand, seven hundred and fifty-four cases.

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Each of our vineyard solis shape the wine that comes from it. This is the essence of terroir. The soil of Seven Hills at the south end of the Valley is Ellisford Silt Loam.

External Reviews for Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
09/24/2010

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon includes 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 4% Carmenere, and 2% Malbec in the blend. Purple-colored, it offers up notes of pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, black currants, and plum. It conceals enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years and the wine admirably balances power and elegance. Drink it from 2014 to 2030.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/06/2009

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Washington in USA. 2005 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



One of the rarest wines in the entire Northwest. A real collectors item. We only have a few bottles left.Vintage Notes: As 2005 eased from winter into spring, Mother Nature made the news asshe left us with very dry soils and the Blue Mountains with little snowpack heading into the growing season. The vintages drought made forthrifty vines with small, intensely flavored and colored berries. After a typically hot and dry summer, the harvest weather was generallycooler than normal, extending the clusters hang time and allowing us topick at perfect maturity. 2005 may well prove to be THE landmarkvintage for Washington wines. 05 is also the first year weveharvested fruit from our Loess estate vineyard and what a great yearto debut grapes from this special site on the hillside east of thewinery its contribution to the blend is very exciting for us. Winemaker notes:This very dark wine has classic Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignonelements of cassis, pine tar and cedar, crushed red and black fruits,cranberries, and bright, high-tone floral notes. The palate is lushand fat yet elegant, balanced by wonderful acidity, and finishes withperfectly ripe tannin that carries the wine across the palate. Vineyards in this Wine Mill Creek Upland, Loess, Seven Hills, and Pepper Bridge. 100% Walla Walla Valley. Aging Profile Aged in new and second fill French and American oak barrels for 22 months. Blending Detail Cabernet Sauvignon 83%, Merlot 8%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Carmenere 4%, Malbec 2%. Production Two thousand, seven hundred and fifty-four cases.

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