Leonetti Cellar

Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.419 ratings
9.26 pro ratings
Walla Walla Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

Left Bank Bordeaux, likely blinded this is what is I'd tell you, yet a stunning bottle of beautifully aged WA Cabernet sits in front of me. We almost opened a Saint-Émilion (Right Bank) tonight, and so glad we opted for this particular bottle.

Nose has very tarry cherry, fresh violets, canned black olive, licorice, pencil lead (light), crushed blackberry and a touch of heat from the alcohol (14.6%).

Palate has ripe black currant, coffee, ripe blackberry, beautiful silky dark chocolate, light cedar box and fully resolved tannins. Drink now (2019) or hold for 2-3 more years.

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carmenere.

Paired this along side an experimental beef course. Usually with more expensive cuts we go with the tried and true preparation, but tonight we strayed. Grass fed beef ribeyes mostly cooked sous vide, then finished on the grill. We cooked to 125°F in the water bath, then hit the grill at 550°F for about 6-7 minutes. Perfection on the plate, beautifully medium-rare. The only downside is that the grill temps render the fat to moisten the beef, and do add some flavor, which wasn't fully achieved in this process. A little more grill time, next time around, won't do any harm.

Left Bank Bordeaux, likely blinded this is what is I'd tell you, yet a stunning bottle of beautifully aged WA Cabernet sits in front of me. We almost opened a Saint-Émilion (Right Bank) tonight, and so glad we opted for this particular bottle.

Nose has very tarry cherry, fresh violets, canned black olive, licorice, pencil lead (light), crushed blackberry and a touch of heat from the alcohol (14.6%).

Palate has ripe black currant, coffee, ripe blackberry, beautiful silky dark chocolate, light cedar box and fully resolved tannins. Drink now (2019) or hold for 2-3 more years.

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carmenere.

Paired this along side an experimental beef course. Usually with more expensive cuts we go with the tried and true preparation, but tonight we strayed. Grass fed beef ribeyes mostly cooked sous vide, then finished on the grill. We cooked to 125°F in the water bath, then hit the grill at 550°F for about 6-7 minutes. Perfection on the plate, beautifully medium-rare. The only downside is that the grill temps render the fat to moisten the beef, and do add some flavor, which wasn't fully achieved in this process. A little more grill time, next time around, won't do any harm.

Apr 13th, 2019
Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Wow. Hasn't even climbed up the cork yet. Phenomenal well-balanced Cab.

Wow. Hasn't even climbed up the cork yet. Phenomenal well-balanced Cab.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 4th, 2016
Victor Hwang

Excellent. 14 years of age. Gets better every minute it opens in the decanter. Chocolate brighter red fruit with solid acidity. Smooth. Nose has a bit of oak and sweet notes to it. Delectable

Excellent. 14 years of age. Gets better every minute it opens in the decanter. Chocolate brighter red fruit with solid acidity. Smooth. Nose has a bit of oak and sweet notes to it. Delectable

Sep 9th, 2018
Rob Mattern

World class vintage from Washington State Walla Walla Valley. Rich and delicious. I fully enjoyed this Cab. A joyful and fruit filled entry, delicious and complex flavors followed by a smooth and rich finish.

World class vintage from Washington State Walla Walla Valley. Rich and delicious. I fully enjoyed this Cab. A joyful and fruit filled entry, delicious and complex flavors followed by a smooth and rich finish.

Apr 9th, 2018
Michael Park

Hitting it's peak. Nice layers of complexity developing beyond the fruits with earth and gravel.

Hitting it's peak. Nice layers of complexity developing beyond the fruits with earth and gravel.

Jul 30th, 2017
Patrick Piper

Absolutely bold and wonderful with Cortona homemade pasta with meatball.

Absolutely bold and wonderful with Cortona homemade pasta with meatball.

Jul 10th, 2016
Deborah Nash

Smooth with cherry, fig, and smoke flavors.

Smooth with cherry, fig, and smoke flavors.

Feb 24th, 2015
Rob Freelen

Great nose of WW cab - currant and graham cracker

Great nose of WW cab - currant and graham cracker

Apr 5th, 2014
Jeffrey Bragman

President at WINEPSYCH

9.2

Jeffrey had this 7 months ago

Jeffrey had this 7 months ago

Oct 23rd, 2018
John Bradford

John had this 4 years ago

John had this 4 years ago

Jul 1st, 2015