1998 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • WE 95
  • WA 93
  • WS 93
  • IWC 91

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, October 2001
Here again the 1998 vintage shows its forward fat fruity lip-smackingly luscious qualities right out in front. This is a meaty oaky Cab with firm tongue-lashing tannins plenty of red berry/cassis fruit and a power-packed... Here again the 1998 vintage shows its forward fat fruity lip-smackingly luscious qualities right out in front. This is a meaty oaky Cab with firm tongue-lashing tannins plenty of red berry/cassis fruit and a power-packed profile from top to bottom. It's delicious and strong with coffee bitter chocolate and licorice lining the extended finish.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2001
The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon's bouquet offers aromas of toasty oak and spice. This mouth-coating explosive wine is crammed with a myriad of spices jammy blackberries sweet cherries and cherry syrup-drenched fruitcake. This... The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon's bouquet offers aromas of toasty oak and spice. This mouth-coating explosive wine is crammed with a myriad of spices jammy blackberries sweet cherries and cherry syrup-drenched fruitcake. This is a hedonist's delight yet it has loads of tannin that provide a firm tight structured finish. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2011.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2001
A ripe round and graceful Washington Cabernet. A pretty wine that's generous with its plum and black currant flavors swirling with jasmine rose petal and vanilla flavors and echoing fruit spice and floral notes on the... A ripe round and graceful Washington Cabernet. A pretty wine that's generous with its plum and black currant flavors swirling with jasmine rose petal and vanilla flavors and echoing fruit spice and floral notes on the long supple finish. Drink now through 2010. 1793 cases made. (HS)
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2001
Full red-ruby color. Sexy aromas of raspberry mocha and roast coffee. Juicy sappy and sweet with excellent acidity giving shape and definition to the cassis flavor. Very nicely integrated subtle oakiness adds complexity... Full red-ruby color. Sexy aromas of raspberry mocha and roast coffee. Juicy sappy and sweet with excellent acidity giving shape and definition to the cassis flavor. Very nicely integrated subtle oakiness adds complexity. Finishes with a whiplash of dark berry flavor. This is less obviously opulent than it was when I tasted it immediately after the bottling last summer but this superb cabernet offers terrific potential. 91(+?) points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region Washington
Sub-region Columbia Valley
Appellation Walla Walla
Vintage 1998