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2011 Leonetti Merlot Walla Walla Valley (750ml)
Producer: Leonetti Cellar leonetticellar.com
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley - Washington State - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$99.00
Related Ratings:
rated (2010 vintage, 750ml bottle) : April 22, 2012 , Wine Enthusiast winemag.com
95 points "A classic take on Merlot - this is 100% varietal, and was aged for 15 months in new and neutral French oak barrels and botti. The flavors more through strawberry, raspberry and Bing cherry, with great breadth of flavor and texture throughout. The midpalate is concentrated and fulll, with a fine, lingering, superclean finish. Cellar Selection. Wine Spectator 93 pts -- Shows real presence and depth, offering a vibrant package of red berry, cherry and black currant, with hints of licorice and herbs as the finish lingers impressively. Cellaring should soften the raw feel and make this something special. Wine Maker's notes --Dense, dark, and lush but with amazing focus and levity. Loaded with dark blue and black fruits. Gorgeous high tone aromatics are reminiscent of brambleberry reduction compote. Long and plush on the palate, but with a fine grained tannin structure and brilliant acidity from the epic 2010 vintage. This may be the finest Merlot in Leonetti's history. I am completely enamored by the complexity of this wine. The cool vintage gives such restraint to the opulence of the fruit. This wine will drink well upon release but age for many years to come. Made with 100% Merlot." Best 2015-2025
rated (2012 vintage, 750ml bottle) : November 8, 2014 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
94 points "The 2012 Merlot, which was already in bottle at the time of this tasting, offers an elegant, yet sexy style, with gorgeous black raspberry and creme de cassis fruit, toast, dried spices and licorice, with hints of background tobacco and green herbs, all emerging from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, plump, pure and layered, with a fabulous texture and a big finish, it’s a beautiful wine to drink over the coming decade or more" Best 2015-2025
rated (2004 vintage, 750ml bottle) : December 16, 2008 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
94 points "93.1 FROM CELLAR TRACKER / W&S93 / WE92 / RP94"...IT'S NOSE OF ROSES, WILD BERRIES, AND CHERRIES LEADS TO A MEDIUM TO FULL-BODIED, PURE CORE OF SPICY BLACK CHERRIES. AN ELEGANT YET FLAVORFUL WINE,..." DRINK THROUGH 2015." Best -2015