LEONETTI CELLARS Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley - 2016
LEONETTI CELLAR Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley - 2016 Walla Walla, Washington
"Dazzling deep ruby in color. The nose is loaded with bright red fruits and a kiss of vanilla bean. The palate is creamy and acidic like a splendidly satisfying sorbet. Refreshing and impeccably balanced, this is a stellar example of one of our favorite varieties. The 2016 Sangiovese was such a shining star that it stands alone in the blend for this vintage."
- Critical Acclaim - JS 96 James Suckling This is delivered in such polished style, a signature of Leonetti’s, with cherries and wild herbs that are nicely framed in subtly spicy oak. Some stony nuances, too. The palate has such expansive fruit in a plum and mulberry guise. It holds very fresh and has the noble, long and powdery grape tannins that you usually only find in Brunello, plus abundant fruit. Superb, drink or hold.
WE 92 Wine Enthusiast This wine, 100% varietal, for the first time includes fruit from the winery’s recently planted Holy Roller Vineyard. The aromas are captivating, with penetrating notes of pure black cherry along with plentiful herb, tobacco and leather accents. Beautifully pure, palate-coating fruit flavors follow, with enough acidity and tannin structure to age well in the cellar. Best after 2024.
JD 91 Jeb Dunnuck Cellar Selection Medium ruby-colored, Chris's 2016 Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley (100% Sangiovese aged 22 months in 25% new French oak) has classic notes of dried cherries, old cabinet, baking chocolate, and spice. With good freshness and purity on the palate as well as nicely integrated acidity and fine tannins, this balanced effort will benefit from short-term cellaring.
"Sleekly built, with focused black cherry and smoky, peppery herb flavors that finish with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2023. Only 905 cases made."