Wine Enthusiast 96 points - The 2008 Merlot (100%) spent 15 months in a mix of new and used French oak. It exhibits an aromatic array of smoke, spice box, violets, black cherry, and black raspberry. Elegant on the palate with excellent volume, concentrated, spicy flavors, and a hint of minerality, it has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years and will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2022 if not longer.
2008 LEONETTI MERLOT WALLA WALLA
"This is 100% varietal, from the Loess, Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, and Mill Creek Upland vineyards. A deep, intense take on Merlot, itís so dark and concentrated that it dances on the )edge of bitterness, but in a style reminiscent of the finest Italian Merlots, that use that flavor to define and elucidate a dark and potent wine. In the mouth it fills out with luscious cherry and plum and blackberry fruit, baking chocolate, coconut and nougat. Yet it remains sleek and stylish, with a strong licorice note." Wine Enthusiast 96 points Drink 2015-22
|For more than 35 years, the Figgins Family has produced wines of consistently high quality at Leonetti Cellar which was founded by Gary and Nancy Figgins. What started as a dream to make world-class wines in Walla Walla has turned out to be a true success story as today, Leonetti Cellar produces some of the most sought after American wines in the world.
Driven by an internal entrepreneurial spirit and his penchant for perfection, Chris Figgins, President and Director of Winemaking, leads this critically acclaimed wine family at the helm of Figgins Family Wine Estates.
Figgins Family Wine Estates manages a collection of brands ~ Leonetti Cellar, FIGGINS, Toil Oregon, Lostine Cattle Company ~ that thoughtfully extend the family’s passion for the finest wine and food experiences and share them with customers. Each brand reflects the deep sense of place and connection to the land that inspires the Figgins Family on a daily basis while staying true to their philosophy of winemaking and maintaining total control over quality and the cultivation process from start to finish.