Leonetti Cellar Merlot Columbia Valley 2003

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Dense in texture and distinctive in flavor, with floral, spicy, peppery notes swirling around the black cherry flavor at the core. Has more fruit a... Read more

Lithe and polished, a gorgeous example of fruit-centered Merlot, layering its berry, black cherry and vanilla flavors with hints of pepper and oliv... Read more

A distinctive beauty, if not the blockbuster of previous vintages. Light in texture but ripe in flavor, with black cherry, spice and vanilla notes ... Read more

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Lithe and polished, a gorgeous example of fruit-centered Merlot, layering its berry, black cherry and vanilla flavors with hints of pepper and olive notes that swirl through the elegant finish. Drink now through 2003. A blend of 50 percent Washington fruit and 50 percent Dry Creek Valley.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A distinctive beauty, if not the blockbuster of previous vintages. Light in texture but ripe in flavor, with black cherry, spice and vanilla notes ringing on the long finish, which grows richer with each sip. Oak notes add depth.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/08/2009

A Merlot wine from Washington in USA. 2003 Leonetti Cellar Merlot 750ml


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Seductive for its balance, with ripe flavor and gentle texture. Firm tannins support lively berry and currant fruit, which echo beautifully on the finish, along with subtle shadings of black pepper and cedar. the fruit prevails and just sings on. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


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