Leonetti Cellar Merlot Columbia Valley 2003
Round and open-textured, an elegant, harmonious red with black currant, wild berry and plum flavors at the center, shaded with cedary, spicy notes as the flavors linger against polished tannins. Drink now through 2008.Add winemaker's notes
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
Round and open-textured, an elegant, harmonious red with black currant, wild berry and plum flavors at the center, shaded with cedary, spicy notes as the flavors linger against polished tannins. Drink now through 2008.
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.
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 Pennsylvania), this concentrated gem slathers the palate with black raspberries, copious quantities of cherries, and blackberries that envelope its significant tannin. Projected maturity: now-2016.
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.
Roses, spices, violets, juniper berries, vanilla, as well as candied raspberries and cherries can be found in the aromatics on the 1999 Merlot. This medium to dark ruby-colored wine has juicy, well-focused layers of spicy cherries, cinnamon, blackberries, and cassis in its well-delineated, concentrated and long-finishing personality. Projected maturity: now-2006.
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.