Fine & Rare Wine Live Auction

February 25, 2017

LOT 82
LEONETTI CELLAR RESERVE 2009 (5) 95 WA
  • LEONETTI CELLAR RESERVE 2009 (5) 95 WA

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LEONETTI CELLAR RESERVE 2009
Walla Walla. Columbia Valley.

The wine known simply as Leonetti 2009 Reserve is, in fact, 92% Cabernet Sauvignon (the rest Merlot), a major departure from the norm of two-thirds to three quarters established in its previous eleven vintages (other exceptions being 2000 and 2001 when the Cabernet share dipped to less than half). Interestingly, too, Petit Verdot vines have contributed a significant share of each earlier Reserve bottling since their first crop, 2000, but this year dropped out on account of having been hit by the late frost. While at 14.7% virtually identical in alcohol to the corresponding Cabernet Sauvignon bottling, this 2009 Reserve comes off as significantly fuller-bodied. It also misses the vibrancy of its ostensibly lesser sibling. "For the reserve," notes Chris Figgins, "we look for lots that are more backward and brooding," and he certainly was rewarded this year. 95 WA


5 bts. per lot $800 - $900

Realised: $900
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Additional Info:

Department: Wine
Bottle Count: 1-5
Bottle Formats: Standard 750ml
Has Tasting Notes
Score: 95
Single Cuvée / Vintage
Vintage: 2009