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Leonetti Reserve 2011

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92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): The most unique of the 2011s barrel samples, with a bright, juicy profile that includes loads of black fruit, citrus, assorted wild herbs and floral qualities, the 2011 Reserve hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied, elegant and balanced mouthfeel, sweet tannin and an overall classy personality. Plush, rounded and layered with fruit, it should drink nicely for over a decade. Drink 2014-2021. (Jun 2013)

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Leonetti Cellar:
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 Reserve

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/28/2015

Refined, elegant and expressive, popping with juicy currant and blackberry fruit and shaded with hints of allspice, black pepper and bay leaf, lingering harmoniously on an open texture. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2026. 1,028 cases made.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/28/2015

The 2011 Reserve is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc that spent 20 months in once-filled French oak barrels. Offering more black cherry, black currant, licorice, tobacco and spring flower-like qualities on the nose, this serious 2011 has fantastic mid-palate depth, integrated acidity and a medium to full-bodied, seamless and elegant personality that’s hard to resist. It too will drink beautifully through 2031.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/28/2015

Bright, dark ruby-red. I might have identified this as a white wine from the nose, which offers citrus and gooseberry aromas lifted by a floral topnote. Then pure and intense in the mouth, with an element of citrus zest, suggestions of tropical fruits and a strong sour cherry candy quality that reminded me of a top Pomerol. Very densely packed, savory and dry, with strong acidity giving it a light touch. The wine’s serious tannic spine calls for extended cellaring. A singular wine with great eclat — but will it ever surpass the estate’s flagship cabernet bottling?



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92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): The most unique of the 2011s barrel samples, with a bright, juicy profile that includes loads of black fruit, citrus, assorted wild herbs and floral qualities, the 2011 Reserve hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied, elegant and balanced mouthfeel, sweet tannin and an overall classy personality. Plush, rounded and layered with fruit, it should drink nicely for over a decade. Drink 2014-2021. (Jun 2013)

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