Welcome to Wine Wednesday! What better way to get over the hump of a busy work week than to explore and learn about a great wine, and celebrate with a glass (or two)? From wines quaffable on a casual Saturday evening to rare and unique finds to be cellared and enjoyed on the most special of occasions, each week we’ll highlight a wine available in our gifts and speak to the history of the vintners behind the bottle, along with the delicious flavors to be had inside of it.

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This Week’s Wine Wednesday – Leonetti Reserve Red 2010 

Score: 100 points by The Wine Advocate

Acclaim: “Even better than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon, with additional richness and texture, yet without any added weight or heaviness, Inky purple in color and gorgeously rich and pure, it slowly gives up notions of smoked black currants, espresso, liquid flower, licorice and graphite that flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, plush and seamless 2010 that is perfectly balanced, has no hard edges and an incredible finish. It’s a monumental bottle of wine that will drink well at an early age, yet age effortlessly for two decades or more. 100 Points.” – The Wine Advocate.

Tasting Notes: 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 that just makes you 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. – Winemaker’s Notes.

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

Recommendations and Food Pairing: Decant and try with grilled ribeye and pomme frites.

Cellaring: This wine is best enjoyed through 2030.