Leonetti's reserve, made entirely from grapes grown in the Walla Walla valley, is a distillation of everything that makes this the quintessential Washington state cult winery. Ripe, classy cassis fruit is seamlessly married to layers of oak; the barrel aging adding dimensions of toast and chocolate, espresso and cream, butterscotch and roasted nuts, to the extended finish. The blend is three quarters Cabernet, with the rest a 50/50 split of Merlot and Petit Verdot. In my experience Leonetti's reserve wines are magnificent upon release, and should be enjoyed while still young. Just 576 cases produced.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.