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Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

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Vintage: 2020
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Wine Description

Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 is an expressive and well-structured wine made from 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot, and 6% Cabernet Franc. This vintage was skillfully crafted under the expert hand of winemaker Chris Figgins, who was able to bring out the best of the grapes and the climatic conditions of the year.

The visual experience of Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon is intense: deep, dark crimson to the rim of the glass, that promises a great tasting experience. The aromas of this cabernet come from a blend of dark cherries, blackcurrants, walnuts, licorice, and rose petals. On the palate, it is full and structured, with fine-grained tannins that are pleasingly firm but not excessively chewy. The juicy and mellow fruit appears stealthily underneath, while a creamy finish provides a pleasing and comforting feeling.

Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 was aged for 22 months in a combination of new and once-filled French oak barrels and puncheons, and neutral oval botti. This aging process further enhanced its structure and aroma profile, bringing the blend to its peak quality. While it is a great drinking wine on its own, it will certainly benefit some additional years of aging, as suggested by critics – ideally up to 2025 – so those who have a few bottles of this classic Cabernet Sauvignon should be patient and wait for its full potential.

Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 is an exquisite experience of aromas and flavors, packed in one perfectly structured and balanced bottle. A great tribute to winemaker Chris Figgins and the quality of grape and the climatic conditions of the vintage.

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Weight 3.5 lbs

Reviews (76)

76 reviews for Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

  1. Vernon Dixon

    Loved this trendy wine in a blind taste test of Washington heavy hitters. Fruit, new spice, and silky mouthfeel. Splash decanted 36 hours earlier.

  2. Douglas Fraser

    Excellent wine with notes of blackberry, boysenberry, tar, and sweet tobacco. Drinking exceptionally well.

  3. Jessica Webster

    Bitter taste, robust nose, disappointed.

  4. James Baines

    Flavors of strawberry, blackberry, and tart cherry with a hint of pepper. Full mouth feel with earth and soil undertones. Lingering strawberry finish.

  5. Madeline White

    Velvety smooth with an old-world type of red fruit. Improved with air over 60-90 minutes. Great with tapas.

  6. Tara Seiberling

    Airing improves taste.

  7. Toni Hicks

    Balanced expression with fresh black fruits, acidity, and minerality. Silky textures and long finish with sneaky tannins. Hype justified.

  8. Judith Niswander

    Age this wine before drinking.

  9. Andres Falcon

    Great berry spice.

  10. Nora Bryan

    Balanced tannins and robust fruit. Drink now or age.

  11. David Morey

    Young with blue and black fruits and hints of licorice. Hold until 2021/22 for a 94+ rating.

  12. Geraldine Mickens

    Aging potential with earthy berry, vanilla and leather notes.

  13. Alice Fromm

    Decant for one hour. Rich and complex with black licorice and fruit flavors, full-bodied with a great structure and long finish. Built for aging, a great mix of old world and Washington.

  14. Jena Hadfield

    Recommendation: Full-bodied with crushed violets, coffee, and fresh herbs. Impressive lingering finish, worth the price. Highly recommend.

  15. Frank Biddle

    Dark ruby color with faint tobacco in the nose. Black currant, cherries, and spice. Medium to full bodied. Softer, more refined, and complex.

  16. Felicia Pigeon

    Fruity with barrel spice and cinnamon notes, strong tannins but ready to drink. Oak should be toned down.

  17. Lynn Thomas

    Bold and smooth with a fine sediment finish.

  18. Todd Hendryx

    Classic Walla Walla cab with big bold red fruit, spice, leather, and earth. Delicious but still young with medium tannins and a long finish. Superb and will improve with time.

  19. Eugene Rael

    Superb! This full-bodied and complex wine will only get better with time. Wait another year or two before indulging.

  20. Jean Nichols

    Needs 3-5 years to excel.

  21. Jessie Crispin

    Aromas of black cherry, rosemary, lavender and coffee. Silky smooth with dark cassis, spices and tobacco. Long, enjoyable finish.

  22. Donald Szmidt

    Napa-style fruit bomb, lacks complexity and depth. Score: 93 pts.

  23. Joseph Kane

    “Great blueberry, anise, fennel and leather. Needs time, still tannic.”

  24. Erik Koch

    Young but maturing, smooth and delicious with potential. Decant for an hour. Needs a few more years cellaring.

  25. Angela Vitiello

    Silky tannins make this young wine easily approachable.

  26. Garth Swiger

    Review: Blue and black fruits with hints of licorice. Integrated but young, improves after an hour. Spice notes on long finish. Hold until mid-2021.

  27. James Embry

    Average wine, not worth the price.

  28. Maryann Brown

    Excellent wine, worth purchasing.

  29. Annette Sullens

    Reviewed a Washington Cab semi-blind, but as a California guy, not my usual.

  30. Charles Love


  31. Audrey Salazar

    Tight and tannic, needs a few more years to lay down, but lots of potential with cassis and plum flavors.

  32. Coralie Johnson

    Wow wine! Give it a few hours to open up or hold for later.

  33. Lorraine Espinoza

    Good wine.

  34. Donald Stones

    Revisit after 3-5 years.

  35. Teresa Andon

    Decanted for 4-5 hours but failed to evolve as expected. Delicious but not great with lamb shanks. Needs time to improve. HOLD.

  36. Peter Salvietti

    Lavender and rosemary still prominent after 3-hour decant. Meaty nose. Palate features cassis, espresso and tobacco. Lingering, round finish. Fabulous with Roquefort topped tenderloin.

  37. Rachel Dziuban

    Plush & powerful. Black fruit, cherry, coffee notes. Long finish & soft tannins. Primary fruit is exploding. Drink well for 10-15 years.

  38. Sharon Foster

    Great taste, not worth the price tag over $100.

  39. Denis Langley

    Needs time to open up, end of the bottle shows promise.

  40. Ramon Ford

    Review: PnP. Open from the start.

  41. Gladys Gray

    Best producer of Cabernet in WA, period.

  42. Deborah Thurgood

    Good structure, seamless, but lacks interesting flavors. Mostly plum and cassis. Young and primary, should be held.

  43. Sandra Contreras

    Rich and balanced, with flavors of cassis, cocoa, and leather. Plush finish hangs on.

  44. Jessica Mata

    Satisfyingly pleasant.

  45. Marsha Evans

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  46. Marie Tripp

    “Great vanilla and cassis nose. Dense dark fruit profile with baking spice, flowers and earth notes. Impressive Cabernet.”

  47. Kevin Wilson

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  48. George Feliciano

    Delicious Walla Walla cab, notes of red fruit, spice, leather and earth. Medium tannins with long finish. Pair with T-Bones and decant for >2 hours.

  49. Freddy Gillespie

    Needs time, young, big, layered.

  50. Anthony Beech

    Classic cab with cassis, leather, and oak aromas. Bigger bodied with smooth tannins and a long black fruit finish.

  51. Charles Squires

    MN Valley’s Fine Wine Tasting Meetup was great. Notes of plum, spice, cherry, and florals with firm tannins. Young, but has great potential. Medium plus finish. 93 points.

  52. James Rodriguez

    Intense blackberry and tobacco flavors in this robust wine.

  53. Robert Cummings

    Well-crafted young wine that develops richness and depth after a couple of hours of opening.

  54. June Rue

    Primal elegance. Currant paste, blackberry, and minty earth. Fine tannins with grip. Drink 2025 – 2037.

  55. Corina Holien

    Delightful raspberry and floral notes with a spicy and candied red fruit finish. Leonetti’s Walla Walla wine is delicate and refreshing.

  56. Brian Mcgrath

    Good tannin structure at first, but dissipated and evolved into dark fruit with vanilla. Notes of blackberry, coffee, and dark chocolate spice.

  57. Jeffrey Florence

    Lambert’s bottle is surprisingly red fruited and juicy with an earthy touch. It’s serious, but not too serious. Excellent.

  58. Barry Harrell

    Full-bodied and honest in taste. Notes of cherries, tobacco, pepper, earth, and graphite with a hint of cedar. Chewy tannins and a long, smooth finish. Excellent.

  59. Jefferson Cassels

    Brother Sebastian’s PnP has a clear, dark ruby appearance with medium+ intensity aromas of cassis, black raspberry, spice, and tobacco. It has a dry, medium+ acid palate with soft, medium+ tannin, medium+ body, and 14.5% abv with flavors of dark fruit, spice, and earthiness. It’s exceptional and pairs well with Prime Rib and NY Strip.

  60. Pablo Christion

    Leonetti vintage lacked depth but showed promise after three hours of aeration. Astringency was present, but the acidic backbone was noteworthy. Scored 93 after gaining balance.

  61. Virginia Mashburn

    Wine has grown bigger in 3 years, with secondary flavors. Needs more time to breathe.

  62. Greg Hudson

    Plump baked plum, cocoa, and integrated tannins with a touch of oak. Great structure and flavorful finish.

  63. Jason Davis

    Complex nose with hints of soy. Dark, rich cherry on nose and palate with balanced acidity. Elegant cab that outshines Napa wines. Drinkable now, ages well.

  64. Richard Nicholson

    No, it doesn’t suck. It has a distinct prune and cranapple flavor.

  65. Jamie Mayer

    Excellent 4-year-old cab with earthy and spicy notes. Delicious and will only get better.

  66. Juan Yohn

    “Deep ruby-red. Muted nose with black cherries, cedar, forest floor and dark cocoa. Needs 3 years to develop. Dark berries, spices & volcanic soil on palate. Long finish. Drink by 2045.”

  67. Delores Miller

    Full-bodied with ripe fruit aromas of cherries, blackberries & cassis. Medium-full bodied with a well-balanced concentration of ripe fruit flavors of cherries, blackberries & plums. Long lingering finish.

  68. Brian Weaver

    Ripe, structured, yet elegant. Lots of potential to be a classic.

  69. Kelly Larson

    Leonetti Cab is fantastic with a beautiful bouquet of black currant, black cherry, mocha, and cedar. It’s full-bodied with flavors of black raspberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Enjoy over the next two decades.

  70. Robert Lunsford

    Great potential, needs time to reach its peak.

  71. Julie Levitsky

    Great wine. Massive nose of ripe red fruits, forest floor, mushrooms, leather, and cigar smoke. Tight and young on the palate with big tannins but well-balanced. Match with red steak and grilled veggies.

  72. Kevin Miscione

    Great now, even better later. Enjoy now or save for later.

  73. Douglas Jordan

    Delightful, recommended for cellaring.

  74. Joseph Lewis

    “Leonetti’s sophisticated and elegant Cabernet is absolutely delicious. With a strong foundation, this wine has the potential to be truly special. Best to try again in 5-10 years.”

  75. Arthur Warren

    Young but great. Strong tannins, intoxicating scent. Wait 2-5 years.

  76. JS

    Aromas of blackcurrants and dark cherries, together with walnuts, licorice and dried rose petals. It’s full and structured, with fine-grained tannins that are firm and slightly chewy. Juicy and mellow fruit hiding underneath. Creamy finish. Better after 2025.

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Critical Acclaim

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Aromas of blackcurrants and dark cherries, together with walnuts, licorice and dried rose petals. It’s full and structured, with fine-grained tannins that are firm and slightly chewy. Juicy and mellow fruit hiding underneath. Creamy finish. Better after 2025.

What does Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 taste like?


leather, earthy, mushroom

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

oak, tobacco, vanilla


blackberry, plum, dark fruit

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

citrus, lemon, orange

cheese, cream, campfire

asparagus, bell pepper

raisin, fig, prune

violet, lavender, perfume

Food Pairing with Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

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Winemaker of Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

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