Leese-Fitch Merlot 2012

Member Review by VegasOenophile:

Big sour cherry and oak spice on the nose. Ink, kirsch and light hints of tomato. On the palate, it's bold and dry. Currant, herb, spice and oak vanilla. Creme de cassis liquer. Feels thick in the mouth and is big and lush. Great for steak. Oaky finish. 6/2/12

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  To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While Don Sebastiani and Sons wasn’t founded until 2001, Samuele Sebastiani created a winery in 1904, and started growing the company, as well as the town of Sonoma. Over the years, the winery changed hands many times, but it always stayed within the family. By 2000, the winery was producing eight million cases of wine a year. However, at that time, Don Sebastiani sold many of the assets and kept only the family brand and the Sonoma winery and vineyards. Though he stepped down as CEO and Chairman in 2000, that wasn’t the end for him. In 2001, he and his sons, Donny and August, founded Don Sebastiani and Sons, eventually growing production back up to two million cases annually. Today, Greg Kitchens and Michelle McClendon, winemakers for Don Sebastiani and Sons, strive to produce high-end wine at affordable prices. They don’t just source grapes from California - they’ve also formed partnerships to create Australian and Chilean blends, further expanding the company’s reach and complexity. Read less
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Member Reviews for Leese-Fitch Merlot

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/17/2012

Big sour cherry and oak spice on the nose. Ink, kirsch and light hints of tomato. On the palate, it's bold and dry. Currant, herb, spice and oak vanilla. Creme de cassis liquer. Feels thick in the mouth and is big and lush. Great for steak. Oaky finish. 6/2/12


Snooth User: DCStar
2970376
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 05/14/2014

Mellow!


Snooth User: Wolle
2034221,410
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 11/28/2013

My rating 88: elegant body with a little to much fruit. Nose well balanced and long


Snooth User: WineSplash
1163360209
0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/29/2013

One of my Top 10 Merlot picks under $15 a bottle from 2008. In my glass, this Merlot was a nice, deep garnet color. A wonderful nose of ripe plum, cinnamon spice, blackberry, and red licorice. The mouth feel was full bodied, soft, and rich. Flavors of ripe plum, black cherry, cocoa, and vanilla. On my second taste, more pronounced vanilla, herb, and dried red fruits led to a long, flavorful finish. A great wine to pair with grilled steak, barbecued pork, pasta with tomato based meat sauce, lamb, and a gyro salad. We loved this wine since it was very elegant, balanced, and approachable. We give this 2008 Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot a well deserved 91 points! Sometimes you don't have to pay alot to get great flavor and quality. This is one of those wines. If you have a 2008 vintage of this Merlot, we recommend you drink it before the end of 2014. WineSplashing!!


Snooth User: mrsrhampton
954823484
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/04/2013

Really pretty merlot. Smooth drinking, nice cherry and berry favors. A little bit of smooth oak. Drinks nicely after a short decant.


Snooth User: kevsipe
701626222
0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/20/2012

Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2014 (based on 2 user opinions) Community Tasting Notes (average 85.6 pts. and median of 87 pts. in 16 notes) -


Snooth User: ralaspech
67839538
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/09/2011

Three and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Leese-Fitch Merlot

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 12/17/2014

Dark garnet and reddish in color, this 2010 is very much so reflective of a California Merlot. Aromatically speaking this wine combines black cherries, black tea, coconut, toffee, and light oak. The palate is rich, soft and approachable with layers of dark cherry, ripe fruit and lingering tea-like flavors. Balanced, elegant and fruit forward yet not overly ripe, this is exactly what we look for in Sonoma County Merlot. Enjoy this wine alongside a wide array of dishes, including pasta primavera, salami, grilled steak and herb-crusted lamb chops. - Mark R. Lyon, Winemaker Composition: 76% Merlot 9% Syrah 4.5% Petit Verdot 4% Petite Sirah 2% Cabernet Sauvignon 4.5% Mixed Reds Cooperage: New and one-year-old Hungarian, American, and Oregonian oak Alcohol: 13.9% TA: 0.63 g/100ml pH: 3.52


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 01/21/2014

Dark garnet and reddish in color, this 2010 is very much so reflective of a California Merlot. Aromatically speaking this wine combines black cherries, black tea, coconut, toffee, and light oak. The palate is rich, soft and approachable with layers of dark cherry, ripe fruit and lingering tea-like flavors. Balanced, elegant and fruit forward yet not overly ripe, this is exactly what we look for in Sonoma County Merlot. Enjoy this wine alongside a wide array of dishes, including pasta primavera, salami, grilled steak and herb-crusted lamb chops. - Mark R. Lyon, WinemakerComposition:76% Merlot9% Syrah4.5% Petit Verdot4% Petite Sirah2% Cabernet Sauvignon4.5% Mixed RedsCooperage: New and one-year-old Hungarian, American, and Oregonian oakAlcohol: 13.9%TA: 0.63 g/100mlpH: 3.52


External Review
Vintage: 2010 02/01/2013

Leese-Fitch blends their Merlot from several vineyard sites throughout California, and the resulting wine is quite harmonious, aromas of caramelized apple, fresh boysenberry syrup, sage, and light clove.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2010 10/20/2012

Sebastiani Merlot has all the signature attributes of solid Merlot including black tea, dried herbs, black cherries and wild berries. It is ripe without being over-ripe. The new oak barrels add notes of espresso and mocha to the nose plus sweet vanilla to the palate.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 07/31/2013

In keeping with previous vintages, our 2009 Sonoma County Merlot offers the pure, ripe (not overripe) fruit of California with the restraint and balance of a fine Pomerol. The nose begins with dried herbs, black tea and cherries, and finishes with lightly-toasted oak, coconut and toffee. The flavors are full, forward and rich. While it drinks well now, it will continue to improve over the next few years. ~ Mark R. Lyon, WinemakerComposition:84.5% Merlot4.9% Cabernet Sauvignon4.3% Petit Verdot3.7% Syrah2.4% Petite Sirah.2% mixedCooperage: 9½ months in American and Hungarian oak barrelsAlcohol: 13.95%TA: 0.55 g/100mlpH: 3.66


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 01/21/2014

In keeping with previous vintages, our 2009 Sonoma County Merlot offers the pure, ripe (not overripe) fruit of California with the restraint and balance of a fine Pomerol. The nose begins with dried herbs, black tea and cherries, and finishes with lightly-toasted oak, coconut and toffee. The flavors are full, forward and rich. While it drinks well now, it will continue to improve over the next few years. ~ Mark R. Lyon, WinemakerComposition:84.5% Merlot4.9% Cabernet Sauvignon4.3% Petit Verdot3.7% Syrah2.4% Petite Sirah.2% mixedCooperage: 9½ months in American and Hungarian oak barrelsAlcohol: 13.95%TA: 0.55 g/100mlpH: 3.66 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2008 07/06/2011

Winemaker Notes - This crimson colored Merlot is full of intense dark chocolate aromas which are underscored by ripe huckleberry witha hint of cassis. On the palate the wine is concentrated with deep, dark fruit such as black cherry, boysenberry and blackberry pie notes. This Merlot nishes with white pepper spice and folds into an elegant French oak vanilla symphony. This Merlot pairs well with Rib Eye steak alongside a mixed green and beet salad, or with Beef Strogano .


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