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    Leonetti Merlot 2007
    Merlot - Walla Walla Valley, Washington

    Ratings

    • RP93
    • ST92
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 Wine Spectator

    Region: Walla Walla Valley, Washington

    Varietal: Merlot

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 98072

    Winemaker's Notes:

    A blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot.

    One of the most complex aromas I've ever seen on any Merlot. Exploding out of the glass are ripe red fruits, candle wax, violet and other floral aromas, caramel, graham crackers and a puree of bramble fruits. On the second day a beautiful note of chocolate and coffee appear, along with a fantastic note of sweet earth and dust. The acid of the wine is very refreshing and balances the long, lush, soft mouthfeel. The wine has laser precision and is quite structured for Merlot--and while drinking great now, will reward for a few years of aging.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The purple-colored 2007 Merlot contains 7% Petit Verdot. The nose offers up a whiff of new oak along with scorched earth, mocha, black currant, blackberry, and a hint of chocolate. This leads to a medium to full-bodied, opulent wine with layered, savory fruit, succulent flavors, plenty of fine-grained tannin, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will continue to blossom over the next 5 years and present a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2022.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Bright, full red-ruby. Subdued but pure nose offers cassis, violet, licorice and a whiff of menthol. Juicy, suave and smooth but quite dry; not at all a fleshy style of merlot. In fact, this minerally midweight is made in a distinctly claret-like style. This is blended with 7% petit verdot; past vintages included some cabernet sauvignon and cab franc.

    92 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    Firm in texture, with a tight grip of tannins on the smoky blackberry and currant flavors, persisting on the finish. Needs time to soften. Best from 2011 through 2017.

    91 Points
    Wine Spectator
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