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leonetti-cabernetDear Enotecans,

It’s Leonetti time! In the north west we mark the passage of time by Leonetti releases, and March 1st is the release date.  We’ve put together a fantastic tasting event to showcase the entire lineup in a “Try Before You Buy” format.

Reminders:

  • Wednesday, February 13th starting at 4pm, Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge is hosting Uinta Brewing‘s kick-off event for our area!  Free beer tasting, growler fill opportunities and purchase opportunities  Read more here.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewers Dozen: Ovila Quad with Sugar Plums tapped.  Beer Tasting too!
  • Box of Chocolates: Get six surprise chocolate beers, makes a great Valentine’s gift.  Read more about it here.
  • Win Gold & Garnet Earrings: Learn more about how to win a beautiful set of $300 earrings here.
  • New Belgium Beer Tasting: March 7th at 5pm and at 7pm
  • Beer Flight: Chocolate Covered Raspberries.  Try a chocolate beer on tap, raspberry beer, and the blend of the two.  We have the perfect proportions down on this one.
  • Champagne Flight: For Valentine’s week, we’re opening some special bubbly!

Special Price on Leonetti

This year Leonetti is offering special pricing for anyone who orders before release.  It’s an average of 10% less per bottle.  If you’re a fan, get your order in right away!

Additionally, this year the Leonetti wines are coming in 6 pack cases, which means you can get 15% off for ordering just 6 bottles.  That means by ordering now, and ordering at least 6 bottles (all from one wine or mix and match from Leonetti) you can save up to 25%!

We also got a small allocation of Doubleback, the wine made by the Leonetti wine maker Chris Figgins partnered with Drew Bledsoe, the local football legend.  Ordering information is below.

Leonetti, the fabled Washington State winery typically on the top of anyone’s wish list. We’re here to help your wishes come true.

Leonetti Wine Tasting Coming Up – March 6th!

We’ve scheduled a Leonetti Cellar wine tasting for Wednesday March 6th at 7 pm. The plan is to open up all 4 wines released by Leonetti this year, and pour “try before you buy” 1 oz. tasting samples of each.  Only $12 per person.  If you were to buy these wines all at retail by the ounce you’d pay over $20 just for the wine being tasted, and almost $500 for the bottles.

Buy tickets to the Try Before You Buy Leonetti Tasting

Click through to buy your tickets. Purchase must be made online, and tickets are yours only when we receive payment information. No refunds or exchanges.

Here’s the list of wine that is available, all of it in very small quantities. Current vintage tasting notes are below. These are the prices for pre-orders only.

Availability: These are pre-order wines at this point.  Due in the first week of March.  Your credit card must be on file to secure the wine when it comes in, you won’t be charged until the wine arrives.

To place an order, click the links above and place your order. We will do our best to fill as much of your order as possible. Order the maximum amount you’d like, as this will be the only opportunity to order these wines this year. We will not be bringing in extras.

To sign up for the Leonetti “Try Before You Buy” tasting event on March 6th: Get your tickets here – only $12.

Gary Figgins’ first exposure to the world of wine came as a child when his maternal grandparents – immigrants from Italy who settled in the Walla Walla Valley – served him small portions of diluted wine produced by hand in their dirt floored cellar. Frank and Rose Leonetti never conceived that years after their deaths these first tastes of wine would inspire the birth of a winery that would place their name on bottles of world-class wines: Leonetti Cellar.

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Red Wine

Leonetti Reserve Blend 2010
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

Very dark wine. Compared to the beautiful 2010 Cabernet, this has an even more floral dominated and very ethereal aromatic nose. Whiffs of raspberries, black berries, ripe black Bing cherries – reminiscent of a stove top reduction of fruit cheesecake topping. Incredible purity of fruit. Wine just makes me smile when it hits the palate as it is so loaded with glycerin and a gentle power. Fruit is SO present, yet SO
restrained. Ripe and lovely. All wound up in a perfectly balanced package of fruit, acid, tannin, plushness, power and length. 20 years from now I would not be surprised if I looked back at this wine as the finest achievement of my career due to its sheer longevity of drinking pleasure.

Cabernet Sauvignon 52%, Merlot 30%,  Cabernet Franc 9%, Malbec 9%

 

Red Wine

Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

Saturated dark ruby to the rim. The 2010 Cabernet has a tremendously pleasing nose of mixed berries, crème brulee, cassis, baking spices, and cinnamon. There is truly an exceptional purity to the nose that makes me close my eyes when I place my nose inside to focus on this chimera in a glass. The palate is tightly wound yet plush, having simply perfect balance and length. There is a lot of ripe tannin here, but not a rough edge to be found. After 5 days open, the wine continues to develop and display remarkable purity of fruit. I simply love the 2010 vintage!

Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Merlot 12%, Petit Verdot 8%, Carmenere 4%

 

Red Wine

Leonetti Merlot 2011
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

Beautiful, deep ruby color. 2011 was the coolest vintage in the Walla Walla Valley in 20 years. It was a winemakers vintage and one that will forever separate the “men from the boys”. Everything had to be executed to perfection in the vineyard, a feat in which we managed to accomplish. Merlot, being the earliest variety we have to ripen, was truly at home in this vintage and produced a wine I can aptly describe as resembling the finest Right Bank Claret from Bordeaux. Such is its leaness, levity, and beauty. The nose is just loaded with pure red and blue berries, along with floral notes. Fantastic acid punctuates the lovely finish.

100% Merlot

 

Red Wine

Leonetti Sangiovese 2010
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

Very dark color that any Brunello from the finest of vintages would envy. The nose bursts with bright, freshly macerated ripe strawberries and Bing cherries. There is a sense of stoney minerality that I positively love. On the palate, reserved sweet fruit. Ripe and plentiful “Brunello” style tannin. Possessing beautiful precision and focus, this Sangiovese epitomizes leanness and power. A paradox in a glass! Being my “dream vintage”, the 2010 Sangiovese may be our finest to date and will age for decades if you can keep your hands off it.

Sangiovese 89%, Syrah 11%

 

Red Wine

doublebackDoubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)

2010 might be summed up as long, late, and light! The season began with an early bud break due to a teaser of an early spring. That false spring quickly hid itself giving us one of the coolest periods from bud break to bloom we can remember. Weather was cool and damp during bloom, which caused poor set of berries resulting in very light yields and gave us clusters that were very loose and open. The summer was quite normal with no heat spikes, so we never quite “caught up”. Therefore, harvest was three weeks behind normal, but thankfully we were graced with a perfect fall containing only a few scattered showers, which helped to ripen our low yields. Berries from 2010 were very small and intense in color and flavor. The wines are simply stupendous. Incredible fruit, concentration, acid… it’s all there. I only wish there were more!

Chris Figgins Notes:

Out of the bottle, the 2010 vintage is dark as port. The nose is full of pure, blue and black fruit, hints of dust, pine needles and sweet forest floor. I tasted the bottle opened for these notes over 7 days and the fruit never left. Cassis, baking spices, notes of cedar and caramel dominated until the end. To witness a wine evolve this seamlessly while open for over a week on my counter speaks volumes to how it will evolve in your cellar. Lay this wine down for decades if you wish or enjoy it now! The acid and tannins are in perfect balance, highlighting the elegance which Drew has tasked me with extracting from the fruit.

Drew Bledsoe’s Notes:

The 2010 vintage may prove to be a benchmark for years to come. The long, late growing season produced deeper, darker fruit than in past vintages. In the glass, the classic ruby color we love is joined by a hint of purple. The nose exhibits the high-toned floral notes we have made a hallmark while also showing plum, maraschino cherry, vanilla and Asian spice notes. On the palate the wine exhibits the balance we continue to strive for; nicely integrated tannins, crisp acidity and beautiful Walla Walla Valley fruit. The bright red fruit is married nicely this year with some darker fruit flavors. The finish lasts and lasts. This is a wine that will reward with some bottle age but, if you must dive in, please decant for a couple of hours to allow it to really shine.

87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot

 

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