• WS: 89

    Wine Spectator Score

    89

    Close
  • WA: 95

    Wine Advocate Score

    95

    Close
Flickinger Wines USD 75.00 750ml
301 Wines USD 79.90 750ml

Leonetti Cellar Merlot Columbia Valley 2003

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

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
  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • + List It
  • + Critic Score

    Submit a Critic Score

    Score:

    Name of Critic:

    Close
3.93 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
Leonetti Cellar:
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

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

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.


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

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.


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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


External Review
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.


1 2


All Prices

Shipping to:


Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »

Merlot Top Lists








Snooth Media Network