Leonetti Cellar Merlot Columbia Valley 2002
Vintage Notes: 2002 was a terrific vintage perhaps most notable for its incredible lack of precipitation. We had beautiful weather for bloom resulting in full, even clusters. We then had our last rain of the season shortly there after the second week of June. It then didn’t rain another drop until well after harvest. The weather throughout the growing season was wonderfully warm with only a few 100+ degree-days. Fruit throughout varieties ripened completely and evenly. Winemaker notes: Beautiful deep ruby color. Nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, smoke, caramel, and ripe red fruits. The mouthfeel of this wine is incredibly plush and smooth as only merlot can be. Finish with very persistent mouth coating glycerin Vineyards in this Wine 75% Walla Walla Valley Vineyards. Consisting of: Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Mill Creek Upland, and Leonetti Estate vineyard. 25% Columbia Valley Vineyards, consisting of: Dionysus Vineyard (Sagemoor Farms), and Conner-Lee Vineyards. Aging Profile Aged for 13 months in a combination of new French, American, and Hungarian oak. Blending Detail Merlot 80%, Sangiovese 7%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Carmenere 4%. Production Three thousand and sixty three cases produced.
Each of our vineyard solis shape the wine that comes from it. This is the essence of terroir. The soil of Seven Hills at the south end of the Valley is Ellisford Silt Loam.
External Reviews for Leonetti Cellar Merlot Columbia Valley
Bright and generous. A lively mouthful of blackberry, currant and floral aromas and flavors, picking up a fresh-earth quality as the finish lingers. Shows less oak than earlier vintages and gorgeous fruit. Drink now through 2006.
Intense and concentrated, this puts to rest any ideas that Merlot is incapable of making "real" wine. The flavors are smooth and chocolaty, the mouthfeel liquorous, ripe and lush. High-tones fruits and flowers slide into the mellow tannins, all resolving in a superripe, decadently rich finish.
Deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines dark cherry, black plum, licorice, graphite, chocolate and mint, all lifted by a floral topnote. Sweet on entry, then spicy and firm in the middle, with flavors of black fruits, mint and licorice. Dense without being weighty; not a fat or thick wine but offers lovely lift. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins.
More elegant and subtle than most previous vintages of this Washington icon wine. It's less powerful, almost light in texture, remarkably supple and appealing for its chocolate-scented berry flavors, which pick up intensity on the ultrasmooth finish. Drink now.
Dense in texture and distinctive in flavor, with floral, spicy, peppery notes swirling around the black cherry flavor at the core. Has more fruit and less obvious oak than previous vintages; as a result it feels a bit raucous now, but there's plenty of character packed into it. Best after 1999.
With aromas that recall a Bangalore spice shop, this is a complex merlot. Its savory quality is it force; cardamom, cumin, nutmeg and tobacco leaf scents gently ford red berry fruit. All of these flavors are common to Walla Walla merlot, but something takes this wine into more exotic territory. with time these elements are likely to integrate even further; then serve the wine with beef bourguignon.
This sweet jam of fruit is cut by lasting red spice, highlighted by violets and floral tones. Red and edgy, the finish may be a touch volatile, but that only adds to the overall complexity of the wine. The soft tannins are already primed for herb-marinated grilled lamb.