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“This is one of the top Cabernets coming out of Washington and readers should not miss it.” –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
“Here is another prodigiously prolonged, vibrant finish that leaves little question Figgins has hit on a grand cru location.” -David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate
“…Chris Figgins' new venture offers outstanding quality…” -Stephen Tanzer, Vinousmedia.com
Figgins is the project of veteran winemaker Chris Figgins, best known for being the winemaker at his family winery Leonetti Cellar. Although he could easily have been content carrying on Leonetti’s stellar track record as one of the best wineries in Washington, Chris wanted a project that would be all his own. With that in mind he created the Figgins vineyard, a 32-acre plot at an elevation of 1700 feet with silty loam soils in Walla Walla , which he planted in 2004 to Cabernet, Merlot, and Petite Verdot. The first vintage was 2008.
Inspired by the estate wineries of the old world, all of these grapes go into making one wine, with the goal of exploring this single terroir. The winemaking is the same each year and therefore the only variables on this wine are what the vintage provides. The blend changes subtly each year in response to the unique conditions of that season, thus encapsulating and translating a time and place in the way that only wine can do. Chris is the second generation of Walla Walla’s first bonded winery, and rather than just holding steady he is intent on refining and improving the already revered reputation of his family. At Figgins and Leonetti, Chris is producing some of the greatest wines in the United States and, though he is already well on his way to a long and venerable career, this is merely the beginning.