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Wines from Walla Walla Valley (WA)

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Cayuse 2008 Bionic Frog Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  1. $80
Initially a rather subdued Frog; as if it has been tamed down. Then, suddenly, There’s a plush core of blackberry fruit, and the classic Cayuse funkiness is there, drenched in liquid rocks and cured meat and drying tannins. It’s all in proportion and a fine reflection of the steely vintage. As it opens gracefully you discover that it is a stunningly refined Frog…  — P.G.  (11/1/2011)
98
points

Figgins 2009 Estate Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $85
The second release of Figgins—a single wine produced by Leonetti’s Chris Figgins—is astonishing. Tasted in a lineup of exceptional Walla Walla reds, it outshined them all. It’s a sophisticated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot, from the Figgins Vineyard, with gorgeous aromas of flowers, spices and black fruits. Seamless and long, complex and…  — P.G.  (9/1/2012)
98
points

Cayuse 2010 En Cerise Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $80
The purity and potent, almost mystical aromas of the En Cerise Syrah conjure up flying carpet visions of purple and black fruits. The enticing aromatics have a citrusy lift, with orange peel and incense, like drinking a Persian rug. Amazingly complex, seamless, dense, and elegant, it’s a wine that never stops, as new flavors keep emerging the longer it breathes.  — P.G.  (12/31/2013)
98
points

Leonetti Cellar 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
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  1. $85
Dense, aromatic, layered and rich, this wine explodes from the glass with scents and flavors of concentrated berries, cassis, black cherry, and more. The vines have reached a mature stage that amplifies the fruit and keeps the generous barrel flavors in perfect balance. The barrel notes roll on in a chorus of toasty accents, and the finish is as good in the last…  — P.G.  (9/1/2011)
98
points

Cayuse 2008 En Cerise Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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  1. $70
A subtle, complex, utterly distinctive mix of flavors, with opening streaks of butter cookie, then mushroom broth, tightly wound berry fruit, earthy coffee grounds and even darker streaks of espresso and smoke and licorice. It is deeply layered with flavors that just keep piling on. Amazing wine.  — P.G.  (11/1/2011)
97
points

Leonetti Cellar 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $88
This is the best bottling of a very fine lineup from Leonetti. Dense, textural and complex, it showcases exceptional blending of flavors from the addition of just 7% Merlot, 4% Carmenère and 1% Malbec. Notes of plum, cassis, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and a hint of herb run through a complete and engaging finish, retaining both elegance and power.  — P.G.  (9/1/2012)
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Leonetti Cellar 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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  1. $85
The 76% Cabernet Sauvignon is melded with 17% Merlot, 4% Carmenère, and 3% Malbec, creating a stunningly dense, polished, tight wine. It’s light years away from the Leonetti’s of the 1980s—compact and loaded with black fruits, pepper, fresh herbs, rock, earth, toast and smoke. It’s so tight that it’s almost impossible to dissect. It needs time—a lot of time.  — P.G.  (8/1/2010)
97
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Leonetti Cellar 2005 Reserve Red Wine (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  1. $125
The 2005 Leonetti Reserve is all estate vineyard fruit—63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 20% Petit Verdot. It is saturated and dense. The fruit is dark, smoky, herbal, tight and loaded with licorice, tea leaf, black olive, hints of tar and graphite. Tannins are in perfect proportion, polished and ripe, with extra texture and weight. The finish is granular and…  — P.G.  (11/1/2008)
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