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Leonetti Cellars

Tasting Notes


Bursting with fragrant, powerful berries and spice, this wine still shows the edges of youth, with the new oak a bit jagged and the tannins slightly green and chalky. But all it needs is time (or air!) and there is no denying that this is a jammy, juicy, just plain delicious mouthful of wine with a masterful hand at the wheel.


Rich, supple and fleshy, a lovely Cabernet that spills over with plum-scented berry and espresso flavors that linger enticingly on the rich, polished finish. The oak is present but not overwhelming. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

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The Winery

Leonetti Cellars

“For more than 30 years, my family has been producing wines of consistently high quality at Leonetti Cellars, driven by the vision of my parents and founders, Gary and Nancy Figgins. What started as a dream to make world class wines in Walla Walla, became a true success story. Now, my role is to continue to evolve that vision at Leonetti while leading the charge for the next generation of Walla Walla vintners in the same way my father inspired the generation before me. We are dedicated to growing, producing, and marketing wine and food of world class quality, sustainability, and pedigree. Our pursuit of excellence in viticulture and winemaking is uncompromising, which allows our brands to reflect the deep sense of place and connection to the land that inspires our family on a daily basis.”
-Chris Figgins, President & Winemaking Director at Leonetti Cellars

As Walla Walla Valley’s first commercial winery, Leonetti Cellars was established in 1977. Although their initial grape plantings were of Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, they now produce a range of wines including Merlot and Sangiovese. Because of the high prices that the winery demands for their Bordeaux-inspired wines, Leonetti and its key vineyards have become one of the top-tier wineries in the up-and-coming region of Washington. The region’s silty loam soils are responsible for the wealth of variety that their terroir creates, especially on the different aspects and slopes that define the Walla Walla Valley.

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