Leonetti Cellar

Leonetti Cellar

Reserve Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

Nice right off the bat. Going to let it open up a little bit first. Has a nice punch to it in the beginning. This got better the longer it was open. Went best with food. — 3 days ago

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Leonetti Cellar

Columbia Valley Merlot 2006

Wow. This is way over delivering. Spectacular nose, body, and finish. So happy to be drinking this pre-Valentines!! — 8 months ago

Jack Safar
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Quilceda Creek

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Probably my wine of the summer. Had it alongside a 2013 Leonetti Reserve and this one had an extra gear. Wow. — 3 years ago

Jim, Fraser and 2 others liked this

Leonetti Cellar

Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Definitely young but quite accessible with an hour of air. Delish Washington fruit, silky tannin. — 7 days ago

Shay, David and 13 others liked this

Leonetti Cellar

Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2018

This outstanding 100% Merlot was largely sourced from the Loess Vineyard (66%) with smaller portions from the Mill Creek Upland and their 40-year-old original block at the Leonetti winery. Needing a two hour decant to fully open, the 2018 Leonetti Merlot slowly unveils layers of toasty oak that are woven together with black cherry cordial, sagebrush and milk chocolate tones that all come together in the glass. The silky texture truly impresses, as the wine effortlessly glides across the mid-palate. Cocoa powder dusted red cherries greet you, while flavors of underbrush, damp earth and espresso bean all enliven the senses. A complete wine, the 2018 Leonetti Cellar Merlot will enjoy a long life in the cellar. Try to resist this stunning new wine for at least another two years. Drink 2022-2040- 95 — 6 months ago

Shay, Martin and 30 others liked this
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Jason Brater

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I’ve loved everything Leonetti that I’ve had. Great note!

Pepper Bridge

Estate Vineyards Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2014

David T
9.2

The 14 is a blend of 77% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc & 7% Merlot. Nose of; ruby dark cassis, blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, black raspberries, hues of blue fruits, pepper and liquid violets. The mouthfeel is lush & ruby. M+ body & M+ tannins. Blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries and hues of blue fruits. Crushed rocks, soft leather, dry herbs, underbrush, loamy soil powder, notes of cigar, violets, dark florals, nice acidity and beautifully round, lush finish with sex appeal. Photos of; an aerial view of Pepper Bridge, estate grapes going through veraison, Owner-Norm McKibben, and ground shot of the estate. Producer notes and history...Norm McKibben is one of founding fathers of Walla Walla's wine industry. To his good friends and colleagues, he is better know as "Stormin' Norman." In Norm's 30 plus years in Walla Walla, the valley has evolved from a 40 vineyard acres to an appellation with more than 2,800 acres under vine. A good portion of the boom can be attributed to Norm even after coming to the game late after working for several decades as an engineer in the construction industry. Not wanting to retire after, he moved to Walla Walla to become an apple farmer. In 1989, he realized Walla Walla's potential for grape growing. Norm planted his first vineyard with help from his wife, Virginia and their eldest son, Shane. Two years later, Norm added Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These vines soon became the backbone of Pepper Bridge. Not long after he expanded his business and resume further. Norm got involved in the budding wine industry. He served as a partner and director at Canoe Ridge Vineyards, Hogue Cellars and worked with a number of Walla Walla's leading vintners. In 1996, he partnered with Gary Figgins of Leonetti Cellar and Marty Clubb of L'Ecole No. 41. At this point, McKibben had increased his vineyard holdings to 200 acres. In 1998, Norm officially started Pepper Bridge Winery. Today, Pepper Bridge Winery is a benchmark property in Walla Walla and Norm is an icon of the industry. He manages and consults for more than 600 acres of the top vineyard sites in Walla Walla; Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills and Les Collines. Norm also has introduced state of the art irrigation systems, soil moisture temperature monitoring equipment and sustainable farming techniques. Norm is a big believer in sustainable viticulture. All of his vineyards are certified sustainable by VINEA, the Walla Walla Valley's Sustainable Trust, and LIVE, an Oregon-based sustainable viticulture organization. They are also certified Salmon Safe and are monitored by the IOBC, the international body responsible for setting sustainability standards. In 1998, the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers honored Norm as "Grape Grower of the Year." That same year, he was appointed chair of the Washington Wine Commission and served in that position until retiring from the organization in 2001. If there is a Maverick of the Walla Walla wine producers, it would be Norm. — 3 years ago

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Leonetti Cellar

Walla Walla Valley Sangiovese 2017

Delicious! — 4 months ago

Jeff OrlowskiMichael Seely
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Requiem

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Any vintner that sources grapes from Leonetti is worth a shot. This is well worth it. — 2 years ago

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Leonetti Cellar

Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

Tasted blind. Deep purple. Opaque. Nose of plum, mocha, some pepper and cassis. At first , just some nice fruit with not much structure. With air the backbone grows. Not fully balanced and the finish is a little thin, but still a nice drink. Guessed old Cal Cab from 70s. — 3 years ago

Ira, Ron and 5 others liked this

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Sonoma County Sangiovese 2009

One of the better domestic Sangiovese up there with Leonetti. — 4 years ago

Steph Andrews-Adams
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Serge, Eric and 6 others liked this