Leonetti Merlot 2017 - SPIRITED Wines
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Leonetti Merlot 2017
SKU: 22413

Leonetti Merlot 2017

  • ws94
  • wa93
  • we91

750ml
$120.00

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This Merlot beautifully illustrates why 2017 is quickly becoming one of my favorite vintages. A dominant note of ripe bramble fruit and cream explodes from the glass, as if raspberries and blackberries were reduced on the stove and then poured hot over homemade vanilla ice cream. Secondary notes add just a touch of cocoa powder. In my opinion, Walla Walla Valley Merlot is about purity and precision of fruit, and this wine delivers that in spades. The subtle and seamless tannins are not heavy on the palate, but clean and pure. The finish is both rich and acid-laced, making it truly satisfying and refreshing.
Wine Spectator
  • ws94

Polished and multilayered, with expressive red currant, smoky spice and green olive accents that take on richness toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2025. 1,866 cases made.

Tim Fish, August 31, 2019
Wine Advocate
  • wa93

Mostly Merlot with 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Walla Walla Merlot begins with a black-fruited nose but quickly moves to express red fruit on the palate. The wine is precise, with hints of pencil shavings and juicy plum, while the Cabernet expression lifts the back end with subtle spices. Medium to full-bodied, the wine ends with a long-lingering finish that delivers pleasure and complexity. This is a tasty and gorgeous Merlot, of which there were 1,866 cases made.

Anthony Mueller, December 30, 2019
Wine Enthusiast
  • we91

Black raspberry, dried and fresh herb and black currant aromas are at the fore. Ripe, lush fruit flavors follow, supported by firm, lightly grainy tannins. It has a nice yum factor. Best after 2023.

Sean Sullivan, October 1, 2019