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Even in California’s cool 2010 vintage,
winemaker Tony Leonardini managed to
make a rich, exuberantly fruity Napa Cab.
What You Need To Know
Tony Leonardini grew up helping his
dad at his family’s well-known Napa winery, Whitehall Lane, so
becoming a winemaker came naturally to him. Leonardini tapped
his best local connections to make his first few commercial
vintages of wine, starting in 2005 with a single barrel of Cabernet.
The following year, he upped his production with the debut of
Volunteer Cabernet, a boldly styled cuvée made from a few choice
lots of grapes from what Leonardini coyly refers to as “my secret
sources.” And the name? That’s inspired by Leonardini’s service in
Napa Valley’s St. Helena volunteer fire company.
Classic Cabernet aromas of
black currant and cassis.
Brimming with black currant
and tobacco notes.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Hearty, bold red meat dishes.