24. Leonetti Cellar 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $85
The legendary Leonetti Cellar is the oldest winery in the Walla Walla Valley and among the most revered in the New World. Second-generation winemaker Chris Figgins continues to drive quality at Leonetti as he works alongside his father, founder Gary Figgins. The grapes for this superb Cab come from estate vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley. It opens with dark, elegant aromas of rich plum, black olive, dark chocolate, leather and black pepper with just a hint of vanilla. On the palate, it reveals suave, dark flavors of black raspberry, blackberry and dark cherry compote, all backed with artistic tannins that back this wine’s full mouth feel and lengthy finish.
Production: 2,760 cases