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Professional Ratings: 98 Wine Enthusiast, 96 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Spectator, 90 Wine & Spirits
Region: Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Item no. 119556
The wine shows beautiful dark ruby color to the rim. It exhibits an incredible purity of black and blue fruits, speckled with a potpourri of heirloom rose petals, earth and balsa wood. On the palate the wine has massive amounts of sumptuous fruit as if derived from a berry compote reduction, incredible length, cleansing acidity, and an absolutely seamless finish.
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 forceful without being overpowering, it can stand alongside top tier Bordeaux costing four or five times as much.
Bottled in July of last year and comprising a roughly 60-40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend (Petit Verdot didn't make the cut this year due to the late frost), Figgins' 2009 Estate Red is stunningly scented with perfumed essence of iris and violet as well as ripe dark berries and high-toned, resinous green herbs and geranium. The effect is like Merlot contributing Chartreuse liqueur! (Is this a sweet spot to plant that grape or what?) The palate combination of seamless high ripeness and satiny polish with levity, billowing inner-mouth florality and sheer energy is utterly uncanny, and the finish is so juicy you’ll need a napkin. If you've visited the site, it's hard not to imagine its airy openness reflected here in liquid form.
Fresh and vibrant, this is juicy with blackberry, currant and rose petal flavors on a lively, focused frame. This has density without extra weight, finishing with refined tannins, lingering enticingly. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot.
2009 Walla Walla Valley Estate Red A blend of cabernet, merlot and petit verdot, this is powerfully rich and dark. It leads with a ripe scent of plum and seems even riper on the palate, with a richness approaching the heady depth of Amarone. It has the big shoulders to merit some cellar time before serving it with roast veal.