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Leonetti Cellars Merlot Columbia Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2011 Vintage) Beautiful, deep ruby color. 2011 was the coolest vintage in the Walla Walla Valley in 20 years. It was a winemakers vintage and one that will forever separate the “men from the boys”. Everything had to be executed to perfection in the vineyard, a feat in which we managed to accomplish. Merlot, being the earliest variety we have to ripen, was truly at home in this vintage and produced a wine I can aptly describe as resembling the finest Right Bank Claret from Bordeaux. Such is its leaness, levity, and beauty. The nose is just loaded with pure red and blue berries, along with floral notes. Fantastic acid punctuates the lovely finish.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/99.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1997 Vintage) Rating: 88(+?) - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Sep-99.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 89(+?) - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 98, September/October 2001 Bright ruby-red. Complex aromas of raspberry, cranberry, coffee, chocolate and pepper...
  • Wine Advocate
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 137
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/01