Leonetti seems to get more extracted fruit, more depth and power, more flat-out flavor from Sangiovese than virtually anyone else in the country. A lot of it, let's face it, is the same Leonetti magic that is applied to other red wines: rich layers of buttery, nutty, luscious oak underscoring the strawberry/plum flavors of the Sangiovese grapes. About 20% Syrah is included in the blend. The result is an exciting wine, sensuous and sleek.
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.