2003 Leonetti - Merlot Columbia Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

Though I was not a fan of the 2002, I was enraptured by the 2003 Merlot. Chocolate, cassis liqueur, cherries jubilee, spices, and violets are found in its magnificent aromatics. Aged in 80% new oak (of which 80% is French and the balance Pennsylvanian), this concentrated gem slathers the palate with black raspberries, spices, copious quantities of cherries, and blackberries that envelope its significant tannin

Drink Dates: 2006-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Tangy stuff, with a lifted note in the aromas and a gamy edge to the juicy wild berry and earthy spice flavors, framed with spicy oak on the jazzy finish. Distinctive, but it won't please a crowd. 2,576 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: Harvey Steiman

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Karl L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/11/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2014
Blackberry, cassis and a hint of raspberry. The distinction of french oak and American is notable on the finish. Balance is impeccable, this is more of a French Merlot than CA.

Rating: 92
Author: swimmer
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/05/2009

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

742 bottles owned by 251 collectors.

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About This Producer

Gary Figgins, owner-winemaker of this oldest winery in the Walla Walla Valley, turned his winemaking hobby into a career in 1977 after years of amateur experimentation in is cellar. He is respected for being entirely self-educated in winemaking and having an obsessive attention to detail, going so far as to choose specific logs for his barrel staves years in advance. Despite his overwhelming success, total production of his Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, blends, and Riesling remains limited.

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Wine Varietal: Merlot

Merlot shares many of the same profile descriptors as Cabernet Sauvignon including plum, blackberry, chocolate and mocha. Bordeaux's Right Bank, such as in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, is the traditional home to this red grape, but it is grown all over the world. Merlot is either bottled on its own or is blended with other red grapes.

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