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Winemaker of Leonetti releases new label. FIGGINS

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Oct - 18 - 2011

FigginsDear Enotecans,

“I grew up with wine in my blood. Some of my earliest memories surround family, wine and being with my dad in the cellar. I hope to pass that imbued knowledge on to my own children and grandchildren.”

– Gary Figgins

“Building upon ones forefathers’ legacy is both a privilege and a responsibility. We do so with passion, focus, and utmost attention to quality. To do otherwise would be to dishonor the very foundation we are entrusted with.”

– Chris Figgins

Does the name Chris Figgins ring a bell? If you need a reminder like I did, I can give you one clue: Leonetti.  Chris is the son of Gary Figgins who started Leonetti Cellar, and he’s grown up to take over the helm, and then some.  That’s right the wine maker of Leonetti has released his own label. At Enoteca have gotten our little hands on six bottles of the highly coveted red. One red wine. That’s all they make at FIGGINS winery. An estate grown, single vineyard, Bordeaux varietal blend from the 32 acre FIGGINS site in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. I haven’t had the pleasure of having the estate red wine so here are the tasting notes straight form the horses mouth…

Tasting Notes

This vintage will long be remembered as producing wines of exceptional finesse and quality. The inaugural release of FIGGINS perfectly exemplifies the brilliance of this vintage from the Walla Walla Valley. The wine has loads of bright raspberry, blueberry, red apple cider, Grand Marnier, tobacco and sage with further notes of cassis, red fruits, blackberries, currants, fruit tree flowers and a slight hint of cedar shavings. On the palate the wine has a remarkable freshness and excellent length highlighted by super fine-grained, silky tannins. Having a core of precise “just ripe fruit” the wine has power but emphasizes restraint, elegance and balance.

Vintage Notes

Vintage 2008 turned out to be a nail-biter. The season unfolded very slowly, with bud break happening ten to fourteen days later than normal. This “lateness” persisted throughout the season, with all of our major indicator milestones of approaching harvest—vine growth, bloom, verasion, etc.—happening that same two weeks late. Late harvests, where the grapes just reach maturity, are always some of our finest. The threat can be from early frost, or early fall rain. We escaped both, resulting in wines with floral aromatics and high tones. And the color is some of the most impressive I’ve seen. The backbone of the wine, with its fine-grained tannins, reminds me much of the 2005 vintage here in the Walla Walla Valley.


Figgins Estate Vineyard is planted to several clones each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, and Merlot.

Aging Profile

70% New French Oak
30% Second Fill French Oak
22 months

Vineyard Source

Figgins Estate, Walla Walla Valley

Categories: Fine Wine


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