Bottle Notes, Merlot

2006 Leonetti Merlot – Bottle Notes

Leonetti Cellar was founded in 1977 by Gary and Nancy Figgins. Leonetti, along with Quilceda Creek and Woodward Canyon put premium Washington Cabernet Sauvignon on the radar of wine consumers across the United States. Leonetti also produces one of the very best domestic Merlots. Chris Figgins is now in charge of the winemaking.

76% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Carmenere and 4% Petit Verdot. Sourced from Seven Hills, Loess, Mill Creek Upland, Pepper Bridge, Bacchus-Dionysus and Wallula Vineyards.

Bright violet in color. 14.3% ABV. Heady nose of red fruits, licorice and cinnamon. Medium body with medium to strong acidity. Plush and decadent. Cherries, cloves, black currants and tobacco on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long with suave, silky tannins. Drink over the next 2-4 years. Without question the pinnacle of Washington Merlot.

My rating: 92 points.

Leonetti has a full mailing list but the wine is readily available at retail in late-March. The winery has done an exceptional job at holding the line on prices and you may be able to the new 2014 vintage of Leonetti Merlot for right around $80 at your favorite wine store.

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